A number of significant changes to the law in the state of North Carolina have now taken effect. The changes looked to modernise and strengthen the existing laws on sexual assault.
Before the passing of the recent laws, there was no statute of limitations for felony sex crimes in any event. A two year statute of limitations applies to misdemeanour crimes.
The statute of limitations for civil actions for sexual abuse previously provided that adults must file a claim within three years of the event, and for minors, three years from the date of their eighteenth birthday, much like in England and Wales.