The Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Clinic is the first of its kind in the nation, representing survivors of child sexual abuse in civil litigation and juvenile court dependency matters. The clinic not only provides direct representation to survivors, but also serves as a teaching center as part of the University of Georgia School of Law.
Welcome to the Wilbanks CEASE Clinic
Our mission is to provide free, trauma-informed legal services to our clients in a supportive, professional environment as well as to educate and prepare the next generation of lawyers to represent survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation. As a resource center for survivors and attorneys who are seeking these claims, we form part of a movement that seeks justice for all survivors of child sexual abuse.
HB 17 Hidden Predator Act
In July of 2015, Georgia passed HB 17, also known as the Hidden Predator Act, which provides a two-year window to revive civil cases that were previously barred under the old statute of limitations. This window allows survivors of child sexual abuse, who were previously locked out of the courts due to the old statue, to finally seek justice and demand reparations in court. For claims arising out of sexual abuse occurring after July 2015, survivors can bring suit until age 23 or within 2 years of the discovery of the abuse and the resulting harms.
At this time, we are suspending registration for this year's Wilbanks CEASE Conference. However, please check back with us for updates. Our hope is to offer the conference in an online format. We hope you are all staying healthy and safe during this time. -CEASE Staff
The Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Clinic has completed its 2020 White Paper on Civil Statutes of Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
Read the full version here: Civil Statutes of Limitation for Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.