Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Texas

Q: I just found out that my mother knew I was being abused by a boyfriend as a teen, and she did nothing, and told no one.

I found this out a few months ago - age 28. The abuse occured from age 16-17.5. The abuse caused Bipolar disorder and severe PTSD. Would I be able to take legal action against my mother at this point for neglecting to stop the abuse of a child?

1 Lawyer Answer
Paul Looney
Paul Looney
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: There is no statute of limitations on actions involving minors. However, it is impossible to tell whether a case exists without all the facts and circumstances surrounding what you claim to be damages caused by your mother's neglect. There are issues of her degree of liability, and much more. Find a personal injury lawyer specializing in children cases. Good luck to you.

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