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Childhood sexual abuse survivors, advocates, and supporters have been fighting powerful entities like the Catholic Church for decades. These institutional behemoths stand to benefit from New York’s archaic and cruel child abuse statute of limitations. They actively work to block essential state legislation year after year that would help older survivors of childhood sex abuse pursue justice.
However, the persistence of survivors and advocates finally paid off earlier this year. On January 28, 2019, the New York State legislature passed A 2683 almost unanimously. February 14, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law.


Governor Cuomo expressed his hope to sexual abuse survivors, victims’ advocates, and lawmakers in attendance that the Child Victims Act would begin reparations for decades of injustice.

"This is society's way of saying we are sorry," Governor Cuomo said. "We are sorry for what happened to you. We are sorry that it took us so long to acknowledge what happened to you. We are sorry that justice took so long. We are sorry to the other victims who, in the interim, were also violated because society was slow in acting."
The Child Victims Act allows child sex abuse survivors to file civil suit until their 55th birthday. This represents a massive increase from the previous age limit of 23. Now, felony charges can also be pursued until survivors are 28 years old, an increase from 23 as well. Survivors can now file misdemeanors until they’re 25 years old, upped from the original age of 20.


Under further provisions of the new law, older survivors of child abuse have a one-year “look back window” to pursue justice.
One-Year Window Begins August 14, 2019!
The limited window opens exactly six months after the effective date of the new law and will remain open until August 14, 2020.
The “look-back window” of the Child Victims Act allows child sexual abuse victims of any age with claims that had already passed the previous child abuse statute of limitations to file a new lawsuit during this one-year period. 

Any future child sex abuse survivors who come to harm after the effective date of the new statute of limitations will have until they are 55-years-old to file a claim. The 55-year age limit does not apply to revived claims during the one-year look-back window.


Survivors of childhood sex abuse that occurred in New York need to seek experienced, caring legal representation as soon as possible. Regardless of the sex abusers’ affiliations—whether it’s the Catholic Church, school systems, Boy Scouts or other youth serving organizations—survivors deserve justice, a voice, and a chance to prevent these atrocities from happening to any more innocent children.

If you or a loved one are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse that occurred in New York, you don’t have suffer in silence any longer. We are here to give a voice to your pain and suffering and ensure that those who harm children and steal innocence are brought to justice. Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about our rights and responsibilities to participate in a financial recovery.

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