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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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March 20, 2019

New York Child Victims Act Spurs New Jersey and Maryland to Pass Similar Bills, Giving Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse a Voice

Numerous states are continually working to give a voice to victims of childhood sexual abuse. Following in the wake of New York passing the Child Victims Act, New Jersey and Maryland are bringing similar bills to fruition. In New Jersey, the senate passed a bill that will allow victims to file a lawsuit up until age 55. In addition, the law, if signed, would open up a two year window for victims of any age to file lawsuits and seek justice. In Maryland, the House of Delegates has passed a preliminary approval of a bill that will completely null the […]
March 5, 2019


The New York Child Victims Act is now law.  It is great news for victims but it also creates many new issues for these same people.  Prior to passage of the CVA, victims had to file their civil cases before they turned 23 years old.  Of course, most survivors of child sexual abuse did not meet this overly restrictive deadline.  Having no legal recourse, many victims have spent decades trying to move on and suppress these memories.  Now seemingly overnight, anyone who was sexually abused as a child in New York and the ability to file a civil lawsuit and […]
September 11, 2018

Accused pedophile hired at charter school was banned from jobs at Broward public schools

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Although the Broward District Schools Police Department’s chief of police informed an accused pedophile that his termination had disqualified him from future employment with Broward County Public Schools, the former substitute teacher found a job with a charter school in Broward County and applied for a Florida educator certificate, records released Thursday show.    https://www.local10.com/education/accused-pedophile-got-job-at-charter-school-despite-broward-schools-disqualification-records-show
June 8, 2018

Former day care worker accused of sexual assault facing additional charges

Former day care worker, Taylor Keith Boykin, 27, was accused of sexually assaulting four children over the course of a year at a Minnieland Academy facility in Bristow, Virginia. Boykin was arrested April 20 after an investigation into claims by the parents of a 5-year-old girl led to discovery of three other victims. Soon after, he was indicted on four charges each of sexual object penetration of a child, aggravated sexual battery of a child, and indecent liberties with a child by a custodian; along with five counts of producing sexually explicit material, two counts of possession of sexually explicit […]
May 11, 2018

Florida middle school teacher accused of ‘foot fetish’ loses teaching license

JUPITER, FLA. —  For six years, suspicions persisted about Kenneth Phillips’ relationship with his adolescent students at a South Florida middle school and his seeming infatuation with bare feet.  View image on Twitter The Palm Beach Post   ✔@pbpost             In 2012, a teacher concerned about Phillips’ overly friendly relations with students reported him to police, saying she had seen him with a student’s bare feet in his lap.  School district police learned that Phillips permitted students to remove their socks in class and store them in his mini-refrigerator. Nearly a decade after the first concerns were documented, […]
April 16, 2018

Sexual assault accusations prompt FSU School of Theatre town hall

The Florida State University School of Theatre hosted the play, “Tartuffe,” by Moliere from March 30 to April 8, 2018. The cast and crew performed the play the night before opening night as a special presentation to fellow students within the School of Theatre. Lauren Hermanson is a student within the School of Theatre and was a cast member getting ready for the inaugural “Tartuffe” performance when she noticed that her accused rapist, a fellow student within the School of Theatre, was sitting in the front row. Once she finished her performance, Hermanson stepped outside to mend the panic attack that […]
March 5, 2018

Is it child abuse? California schools should report to cops, experts say, even if they’re not sure

It might have seemed harmless enough. Some San Jose middle school parents didn’t like the way a physical education teacher and coach was photographing their girls at events. The principal had told the coach to stop after a similar complaint a year earlier. But after a second complaint, the principal seized the coach’s school-issued computer, confronted him and alerted police, who investigated and last month arrested the former coach on child molestation and pornography charges. For school officials who, under California law, are required to report suspicions of child abuse to authorities, experts say the lesson is clear: Don’t hesitate to […]
February 16, 2018

Charter School Sued for Child-on-Child Sexual Assault in a Kindergarten Class

  ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Charter School Sued for Child-on-Child Sexual Assault in a Kindergarten Class   WHAT: JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse in schools and daycare centers, announces the filing of a lawsuit against Citizens of the World Charter Schools (located in Brooklyn, NY) for failing to protect a student from sexual assaults by a classmate. According to the Complaint: A male kindergarten student stuck his hands down the pants of a five-year old kindergarten girl.  The little girl told her mother who immediately went to the school and advised the principal of the assault. […]
February 13, 2018

Counselor at California School for the Deaf Arrested

https://www.sfgate.com/news/bayarea/article/School-For-Deaf-Counselor-Arrested-On-Suspicion-12608654.php A counselor at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation and making criminal threats, the California Highway Patrol said today. Ricardo Tafolia Rose, 56, a Fremont resident who has worked for the state since 1989, was arrested on Friday, according to the CHP. Investigators have identified one victim in the case so far, the CHP said.
February 8, 2018

The School Board of Volusia County Sued for Failing to Protect Autistic Student from Known Sexual Predator

The School Board of Volusia County Sued for Failing to Protect Autistic Student from Known Sexual Predator Who Was Later Convicted of Manslaughter  WHAT: JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse in schools and daycare centers, announces the filing of a lawsuit against THE SCHOOL BOARD OF VOLUSIA COUNTY for failing to protect a disabled students from sexual assaults by Marcus White, a classmate and known sexual predator. According to the Complaint: John Doe who is autistic was a student at New Smyrna Beach High School. John Doe was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions by Marcus […]
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