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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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Catholic Cardinal George Pell Jailed Following Sexual Abuse Conviction

Yesterday, Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic clergy member ever convicted of sexually assaulting children, was jailed in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal Pell faces up to 50 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two children. One of the victims said that Cardinal Pell assaulted him in the sacristy of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne while Cardinal Pell was the city’s archbishop. 

The prosecution of Cardinal Pell highlights the importance of laws such as the Child Victims Act in New York, which has extend the statute of limitations for civil and criminal cases involving the sexual abuse of minors. As a result of strict and short statute of limitations, sexual predators have been able to avoid prosecution and are instead allowed to hide in plain side. The Child Victims Act finally gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse a voice to speak out, expose predators and hold the entities who have protected them responsible. 

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in New York you may have a claim for civil damages even if the abuse occurred decades ago. Please contact Herman Law today to determine if our firm can help you get long awaited justice.

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