Hi again. Thank you for the additional information.
You say that you didn’t “discover” the molestation, so I take that to mean that you always knew of it (i.e. you didn’t repress it or were otherwise unaware). I’m sorry to say that as I suspected, the statute of limitations has run out to sue for civil damages. The relevant Iowa law states:
614.8A Damages for child sexual abuse - time limitation.
An action for damages for injury suffered as a result of sexual abuse which occurred when the injured person was a child, but not discovered until after the injured person is of the age of majority, shall be brought within four years from the time of discovery by the injured party of both the injury and the causal relationship between the injury and the sexual abuse.
Since you always knew of the molestation, then you would have had 4 years from the time you turned 18 to sue … i.e. the statute of limitations ran out for you when you turned 22 years old.
However, you can still attempt to have your father criminally prosecuted because the statute of limitations has not yet run out:
1. An information or indictment for incest under section 726.2 committed on or with a person who is under the age of eighteen shall be found within ten years after the person upon whom the offense is committed attains eighteen years of age. An information or indictment for any other incest shall be found within ten years after its commission.
So, your father can be prosecuted until you turn 28 years old.
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