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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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What to do if you suspect your child was sexually abused

If a parent thinks their child might have been sexually abused, the most important thing to do is not ignore it. You have to get help, you have to try to find answers and you need resources to be able to do that, and so the first thing is if you suspect abuse,  report it, report it to the criminal authorities, report it to the abuse hotline. There are professionals who can help understand and investigate what happened. It’s a crime and it should be reported. Now sometimes parents will  they say well I’m not sure. You report it and you investigate and find out. Let the professionals do that.

The second thing is, you should get legal help for your family and for your child. You have the right to understand your rights and have a civil attorney. You know and so one of the things that I do in many occasions is simply just provide advice. One of the things I do is to give information to families so they can make an informed decision. They need to know what they can do. They need to know what things are available to them. They need to know their alternatives. And so, I always say parents get information, come in and talk and find out what you can do, what alternatives are available to you.

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