California’s Code of Civil Procedure §340.16: Empowering Survivors of Sexual Assault

In the fight against sexual assault, the legal landscape has undergone significant changes over the years. One crucial development that has provided survivors with renewed hope and expanded opportunities for justice is California’s Code of Civil Procedure §340.16. This groundbreaking statute, which came into effect on January 1, 2023, has been instrumental in extending the time frame for survivors to seek civil remedies for damages stemming from sexual assault. In this blog post, we delve into the essence and impact of §340.16 and its role in empowering survivors to pursue accountability and healing.

Understanding Code of Civil Procedure §340.16:

§340.16 is a transformative piece of legislation that has reshaped the landscape of sexual assault litigation in California. Prior to its enactment, statutes of limitations often presented significant barriers for survivors seeking legal redress for damages resulting from sexual assault incidents that occurred years ago. Such limitations imposed rigid time restrictions, making it challenging for survivors to bring forth civil claims and seek justice.

However, with the introduction of §340.16, survivors have been granted an extended window of opportunity to seek civil remedies for damages suffered as a result of sexual assault. This statute effectively revives certain claims related to sexual assault that would otherwise have been barred by statutes of limitations.

The Impact on Survivors:

For survivors of sexual assault, the passage of §340.16 has been a game-changer. Many individuals who previously felt silenced or dismissed due to the passage of time now have a renewed sense of empowerment. This statute recognizes the complexities of trauma and the profound impact sexual assault can have on survivors’ lives, often leading to delayed reporting or seeking legal recourse.

With the extended time frame, survivors can now pursue civil claims, seeking damages from those responsible for the harm they endured. §340.16 has provided survivors with a vital opportunity to hold perpetrators accountable, seek compensation for their suffering, and pave the way for healing and closure.

Legal Implications:

The enactment of §340.16 has had far-reaching implications in the legal community. Attorneys and legal practitioners now approach sexual assault cases with a heightened awareness of the statute’s impact on the survivor’s ability to seek justice. The statute has fostered a more inclusive legal environment, acknowledging that survivors’ paths to healing may not conform to rigid timelines.

However, it is essential to recognize that §340.16 applies specifically to civil actions for damages related to sexual assault. Criminal statutes of limitations, which govern the prosecution of sexual assault cases, remain separate and distinct.


California’s Code of Civil Procedure §340.16 has ushered in a new era of empowerment and justice for survivors of sexual assault. By extending the time frame for pursuing civil remedies, this statute has shattered barriers that previously hindered survivors from seeking accountability and compensation for the harm they endured.


As we move forward, it is vital for survivors, legal advocates, and the broader community to understand the significance of §340.16 and the critical role it plays in creating a more just and compassionate legal system.

The Attorneys and Advocates at RAXTER LAW, P.A. understand that reaching out for help after experiencing sexual assault can be incredibly challenging. Your well-being and healing are our top priorities, and we are here to support you every step of the way. If you’ve been through a traumatic experience, we want you to know that you are not alone.

Calling a lawyer who has experience in sexual assault cases can be a crucial step in reclaiming your power and seeking justice. Here’s why:

Confidentiality and Empathy: Our team of compassionate attorneys creates a safe and supportive space for you to share your story. We respect your privacy and understand the sensitivity of your situation.

Guidance through the Legal Process: Navigating the legal system can be daunting, especially when dealing with a traumatic event. We are well-versed in sexual assault laws and will guide you through every legal aspect of your case, ensuring you understand your rights and options.

Advocating for Your Rights: Our mission is to fight for your rights and pursue the justice you deserve. We are relentless in holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and seeking compensation for the damages you’ve endured.

Extending the Statute of Limitations: In California, Code of Civil Procedure §340.16 has expanded the time frame for seeking civil remedies related to sexual assault. Even if the incident occurred years ago, you may still have a path to seek justice.

Holistic Support: Beyond legal representation, we work closely with support networks, therapists, and counselors to provide comprehensive care for your emotional and mental well-being.

A Voice for Change: By coming forward, you contribute to breaking the cycle of silence and stigma surrounding sexual assault. Your bravery can inspire others to speak up, creating a safer and more compassionate society.

Your story matters, and we are here to listen, support, and fight alongside you. We believe in the power of collective action to create a future free from sexual violence.

Please don’t hesitate to call us for a confidential consultation. Together, let’s embark on a journey towards healing, justice, and reclaiming your strength.


Feel free to contact us at (951) 226-5294. There is no need to tell the receptionist your story if you don’t want. You can just say “I need an advocate” and we will know that you are ready to seek justice. 

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