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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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Child Victims Act Signed into Law. What’s next?

New York Child Victims Act

Following the huge victory for survivors of sexual abuse in New York, many may be wondering; whats next? The next step is to take action. Something that thousands of victims have not been able to do before. For decades, abuse victims have been suffering in silence due to the strict statute of limitations in New York. But the time has finally come for those who have suffered to begin to heal. The one year long look-back window, that will allow victims of any age to seek civil damages, officially begins August 14th. However, the next six months are crucial and victims should not wait to seek help. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized sex abuse attorney explains, “The healing process begins as soon as one speaks about the tragedy that happened to them. This window has given the opportunity for those who have suffered in silence to have a voice. The opportunity to seek justice and be compensated for the pain and suffering that too many have endured.”

Over the past few months, Catholic Dioceses in New York have released hundreds of names of accused priests. This includes names from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Diocese of Brooklyn, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, Diocese of Rochester, and Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

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