Survivors of childhood sexual abuse in New York will soon get their chance to seek civil justice against their abusers and the institutions that harbored them even if the crimes occurred long ago.
On Monday, the State Legislature approved the Child Victims Act, a long-stalled measure that will relax the state’s strict statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children and open up a one-year window to revive past claims. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to soon sign it.
The Child Victims Act does three major things:
- Extend New York’s statute of limitations to allow for criminal charges against sexual abusers of children until their victims turn 28 for felony cases, up from the current 23.
- Allow victims to seek civil action against their abusers and institutions that enabled them until they turn 55.
- Open up a one-year window to allow victims of all ages and time scales to come forward and to seek civil action.
Nothing will make the trauma of sexual abuse disappear, but if victims feel heard, they can begin to heal. Survivors who were sexually abused as children will have the right to publicly hold their abusers accountable.
Please call me at 1-800-580-0050 to confidentially discuss the new legislation and whether it pertains to your case. We can seek civil justice once and for all for victims of sexual abuse. We have a proven track record of recovering awards for survivors of sexual abuse in cases against schools, churches, apartment houses, and businesses — the institutions that allowed the child abuse to happen and continue.