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New York Child Victims Act

The New York Child Victims Act makes a necessary change to long standing precedent in statutes of limitations in child sexual assault cases. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made this Act one of his top initiatives for 2018-19, and after the Legislature voted to approve the legislation on Monday Jan 28th,2019, it now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

The Child Victims Act will extend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes to the age of 28 in criminal cases and the age of 50 in civil cases, with a one year-window to bring civil claims for victims below that age limit.

For more information on the act and if you feel that a claim can be revived, contact us today.

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Archbishop Dolan Seeks to Avoid the “Look-back Window” of Child Victims Act

New York Child Victims Act

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York wrote an op-ed for the Daily News in which he expresses concern for the Child Victims Act “breaking” the Catholic Church.  He advocates for a modified bill that would not have a “look-back window.”  The “look-back” window is critical to the legislation, as it will allow adult survivors  to file claims that would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations.  Archbishop Dolan seeks as a substitute a program to compensate survivors that will mirror the one implemented by Dioceses in New York State. 

Attorney Jeff Herman is critical of Archbishop Dolan’s position, stating that “it is inadequate to provide adult survivors with their day in court, which  is imperative to their healing.  It will be contrary to the intent and purpose of enacting the Child Victims Act, as  Archbishop Dolan is  seeking to unfairly limit liability and avoid accountability at the survivors’ expense.”                

 

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