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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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Elmo puppeteer accused of sexual abuse, not an “underage relationship”

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street to confront disturbing allegations of sexual abuse.

Clash, 52, is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy. He admits to having a sexual relationship with the accuser, but he denies the man was underage when it occurred.

The media investigation into this story is still in its very early stages, but I must say I am disappointed in the coverage so far.

From the Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal, some of the nation’s most well-respected media outlets have improperly labeled the allegations as “an underage relationship” or “an affair with a minor”.

Whether Clash is guilty or not, the allegation that a 52-year-old man had sex with a minor is an allegation of child sexual abuse—not an underage relationship.

To frame these allegations as a “relationship” or an “affair” is to imply that the alleged victim consented.

Right now, there are countless victims out there who are suffering in silence because their predator groomed, coerced, or shamed them into feeling like they physically complied with the abuse.

Skilled sexual predators know that if they are able to make a child feel at least partially responsible for their abuse, they are less likely to tell anyone about it.

But even if a child is a “compliant victim”, a minor cannot actually consent to have sex with an adult.

For the victims who continue to endure the suffering caused by their abuser, we must send the message that it was not their fault by calling sexual abuse what it is—abuse.

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