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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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And then the next question is, “Okay, there’s a red flag. What do I do?” And this is the most important message of all to the parents. The answer is you err on the side of caution. You err on the side of caution. Because if you err on the side of caution, what’s the worst thing that’s happened? Oh, you’ve taken your child away from an adult who may be a nice person and really wants to just be in your child’s life in a positive way? Yeah, well, you’ve insulted that person maybe.

But if you don’t err on the side of caution and you’re wrong, then what’s happened? Your child has become a victim. And when you think of it that way, the choice is very easy. So, again, it’s about looking out for red flags and also educating our kids, you know. It’s important to let kids know and who they can trust and who they can’t. And that’s difficult because what you’re telling your child is that there may be people in their lives, it could be a relative, it could be someone that they deal with on a daily basis, that it’s not okay necessarily to do something or go along with something that person’s telling them to do.

But as parents, we have to be watching and listening and being aware of who’s with our child. When a child’s abused, typically the parents aren’t gonna hear about it from the child. It’s not a thing kids typically come home and talk about. And so as a parent, there are certain behavioral changes that you might observe, you know. We look for things in kids where a kid’s acting differently.

A lot of times, you’ll see a child who’s been abused begin to engage in sexual behaviors, acting out sexually in different ways, doll play may be more sexual. They may be using words, sexual words that’s not appropriate, and you have to ask where they’re learning those words from. They may be acting out sexually with other kids or with other adults. You may see a loss of that innocence in a child, that’s one thing.

Two, the child may become more withdrawn. The child may not want to go to a particular place. And so, you know, if the kid doesn’t wanna go to school or doesn’t wanna go to a band practice or doesn’t wanna go to a sports league, look into that. Why? Ask yourself why. Try to talk to your child about that and see why all of a sudden they don’t want to do something that maybe they did in the past. So behavioral change is critical for a parent. Again, being aware, watching what’s going on with your child, and how is your child acting.

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