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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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Recognizing Predators – Sexual Abuse & Clergy Abuse

Right now, there are child molesters looking to get access to our children. They’re everywhere. Anywhere there is a child. They’re in our schools, they’re in the sports leagues, they’re in the churches, they’re in the temples. Everywhere there’s kids, there are predators looking to get access to kids. It’s a compulsion for them. They’re not gonna stop. They’re looking for that opportunity. And for parents, we need to be aware of this. The more we are aware, the more we can do to protect our kids.

The first thing is to understand, you know, who is this predator? The answer is, it’s probably somebody you know, may even trust. It’s not typically the stranger in the park. We grew up hearing stranger danger. Well, stranger danger is dangerous to me, because what that tells a child is that if they’re not a stranger, well, they’re okay. That’s not really what happens. The truth is, is that most kids are sexually abused by somebody that they know, and this predator is somebody who’s probably going to try to gain the trust of the family. They may be a coach, they may be a teacher, they may be a religious leader. They’re going to use that position to seem trustworthy and to groom the family and then groom the child.

You might see them giving special gifts to your child, paying special attention to your child, things like that. And so what do you look for as an adult, as a parent? The answer is you look for red flags. Be aware. Know who is interacting with your child. If there’s a man who is in your child’s life, you need to know what the interaction is between that man and your child. Did that man give your child a gift? Is he giving him or her special attention? Does he ever contact your child through electronics, email, phone, texting, any way? Do they want to spend time alone with your child? These are all red flags that as a parent you have to look out for.

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