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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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Gov. Cuomo Signs Child Victims Act in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law Thursday morning, marking a massive victory for survivors of sexual abuse. The new law creates a one-year window in which victims of childhood sexual abuse can file a civil lawsuit no matter how long ago they were abused. Additionally, the Child Victims Act extends the statute of limitations on civil claims going forward, allowing victims until age 55 to file lawsuits.

Herman Law Managing Partner Jeff Herman was in attendance at Gov. Cuomo’s bill signing ceremony yesterday, held at the New York Daily News’ headquarters in Manhattan. “I am so proud to be a part of this historic moment for survivors of sexual abuse,” said Mr. Herman. “For too long, victims of sexual abuse in New York have had to suffer in silence as a result New York’s extremely restrictive statute of limitations. I look forward to working on behalf of the thousands of survivors in New York who now have been given a voice thanks to the passage of the Child Victims Act.”

The one-year window to file previously barred sexual abuse cases begins six months from the signing of the bill. 

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in New York, Herman Law may be able to help you achieve long overdue justice. Please contact us today to discuss your options.

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