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New York Statute of Limitations Change

The New York statute of limitations have changed, but the clock is ticking. Child sex abuse survivors have one year to file claims. 

Childhood sexual abuse survivors, advocates, and supporters have been fighting powerful entities for decades. Institutions like the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, and the Boy Scouts of America are a few regularly named by survivors of sexual abuse. These institutional behemoths stand to benefit from the old, cruel New York statute of limitations. Yearly, they actively work to block essential state legislation that would help older survivors of childhood sex abuse pursue justice.

However, the persistence of survivors and advocates paid off earlier this year. On January 28, 2019, the New York State legislature passed A 2683 almost unanimously. In a landmark conference on February 14, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law.
Governor Cuomo signs Child Victims Act

Child Victims Act: One-Year "Look Back Window"

Under the Child Victims Act, older survivors of child sex abuse have a one-year “look back window” to pursue justice. New York's one-year window begins August 14, 2019. This limited window opens exactly six months after the effective date of the new law and will remain open until August 14, 2020.

Now, the Child Victims Act's “look-back window” allows child sexual abuse victims of any age to file a new lawsuit during this one-year period. This includes survivors with claims that had already expired according to the previous child abuse statute of limitations. Also, 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.

Sexual Abuse Survivors in New York Need to Act Now!

Survivors of childhood sex abuse that occurred in New York need to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible. Regardless of the sex abusers’ affiliations, survivors deserve justice. Child sex abuse victims have a right to share their stories to prevent these atrocities from happening to any more innocent children.
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What counts as sexual abuse? Am I still eligible to file a lawsuit against my abuser? Learn more about sexual abuse lawsuits and how AVA Law Group can help you pursue justice by visiting our informational page below:
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're here to give a voice to your 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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