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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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Three former Boy Scouts leaders named in sexual abuse lawsuit

Reporter: Right now all new at 5:30 a very serious lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts of America alleging sexual abuse. Today a victim, now an adult, speaks out about the multiple times he says he was abused my more than one scout leader.

Victim: There are no words to describe the atrocities these monsters put me through.

Reporter: Speaking anonymously, this man who grew up in Homestead says in the ’80s he was sexually abused by his Boy Scout leader.

Victim: I was sodomized, raped, and abused by three monsters that were at the Boy Scouts.

Reporter: He says two different leaders in Homestead and another in Orlando abused him. He claims they would share information with each other about the boys who were easy prey.

Victim: To this day I still sleep with a nightlight on.

Reporter: The victim’s attorney Jeff Herman filed the suit against the Boy Scouts of America and the local South Florida Boy Scout Council.

Jeff: It was a child sex ring run by the Boy Scout leaders.

Reporter: Herman said the leaders would even take pictures of the young boys. Herman says there were files of this in the ’80s with the Boy Scouts Organization but it was kept under wraps. The Boy Scouts of America said in part, “Any instance of child victimization or abuse is intolerable and unacceptable. While we can’t comment on the lawsuit we deeply regret that there have been times when scouts were abused. And in the 30 years since these events took place, the Boy Scouts of America has continuously enhanced its multi-tiered policies and procedures which now include background checks.” The victim in this case said he never knew how to get help, but now that he has a family of his own he’s speaking out to get past this and move on.

Victim: They took my childhood but they’re not gonna take my adulthood.

Reporter:The suspects in this case no longer live in South Florida. They have not been charged at this time.

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