A 2020 white paper by the University of Georgia School of Law's CEASE Clinic.


The Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Clinic is a teaching and research clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law. The clinic represents survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation in civil and juvenile dependency proceedings. Since opening its doors in 2016, CEASE has assisted over 100 survivors in the state of Georgia through legal representation, legal advice, and/or referrals. Law and masters of social work students work in the clinic and participate in a seminar covering best practices in representing survivors, relevant laws and policies, and practical legal and social work skills. Law students represent survivors under attorney supervision and engage in policy research on issues affecting survivors.

As a unit of the University of Georgia, the CEASE Clinic does not engage in lobbying activities and does not endorse any specific legislation. This report is a summary of research on child sexual abuse, how Georgia compares to other states and national trends in providing civil remedies to survivors, common concerns with allowing retroactive claims, and the impact of civil lawsuits on survivors and entities.