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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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Jeff Herman and Cecil Singleton Discuss Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against Kevin Clash on Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew: [inaudible 00:00:00] workshop. Cecil, you were struggling as a 15 year old. You met this bigger than life, older man. What was going on in your life at that time?

Cecil: What a lot of people don’t know is that, I’d just gotten out of a situation where my stepfather had made sexually suggestive comments to me, and it pretty much resulted in me moving again. A lot of my family and a lot of people didn’t exactly support me.

Dr. Drew: So you had this trauma, and then you were rejected by important people in your life, yes?

Cecil: I was.

Dr. Drew: And then you found somebody who looked like he was going to support you and care for you, yes?

Cecil: I was extremely vulnerable when I met Kevin. I’d just dealt with the sit…in a sit…I just dealt with the situation where a man that I lived with and cared about for 10 years had violated my trust.

Dr. Drew: Your stepfather?

Cecil: Yes. Among that I had just gotten out of…I’d just finished spending two years in foster care. I was extremely vulnerable and as far as I’m concerned, Kevin, with his profession was in a unique position to know that I would be a receptive victim.

Dr. Drew: You mean the fact that he deals with young people?

Cecil: The fact that he dea…that he works with children, yes.

Dr. Drew: Is that your concern that he could victimize other children?

Cecil: That was pretty much my main motivation for coming forward. I felt extremely guilty, like, by seeing a decent side of him, or seeing what I wanted to, that I had put him in contact with more children, or more potential victims. And I couldn’t live with that. It was more than just a prerogative it was a duty or a sense of responsibility that made me come forward.

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