Sexual Assault Advocacy


Shari was instrumental in revolutionizing the law in California (applying the doctrine of delayed discovery to sexual abuse survivors) so that adult survivors of sexual abuse have rights. Once the law passed in California, Shari worked with extending the statute limitations for civil lawsuits to other states and 40 followed California’s lead and passed similar protective legislation.

Shari was a consultant on the “Cosby Bill” in California, signed into law by Gov. Brown in 2016, which eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for rape, sexual assault and continuous child sexual abuse in California.

Working in California to eliminate the “incest exception, ” Shari was instrumental in getting this unfair exception eliminated. Now family members and perpetrators will be criminally prosecuted instead of diverted to counseling.



Children’s Advocate Award


Humanitarian Award


Adult Survivors Hero Award