Laws Aid Sexual Assault Victims, Those Hurt by Other Crimes | California News

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 suspected victims of a UCLA obstetrician-gynecologist will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor and university under one of nine measures California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved Tuesday to aid crime survivors.

Similar to previous provisions in different cases, the legislation allows a one-year window — all of 2021 — to file claims that could otherwise have been too late under existing statutes of limitations. The bill is specific to UCLA and responds to allegations that Dr. James Heaps, who worked at the university’s student health centers and its medical center, committed dozens of sexual assaults.

It’s unclear how many of the more than 100 women who have made claims against Heaps will benefit from the bill, according to a legislative analysis. It would mainly aid those who were assaulted more than 10 years ago ,

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