Substantial Awareness Test Law and Legal Definition

Substantial awareness test refers to the realization by a person of the harmful nature of a crime or a tort committed against him/her. This is applied mainly in sexual offenses. For example, in case of incest, a victim only comes to an awareness of the connection between fault and damage when she realizes who is truly responsible for her childhood abuse. The awareness will materialize when she receives some form of therapeutic assistance, either professionally or in the general community.