Revelations of the sexual abuse of children by priests continue to rock the Catholic Church in the United States more than 15 years after clerical abuse and its cover-up became a national scandal. Unfortunately, no church is immune to the problem of child sexual abuse, regardless of size, location, or denomination.
At one point, it was nearly unbelievable that the church could possibly harbor clergy who would engage in such vile acts of sexually abusing children. However, over the past three decades, these allegations have become widespread. And until the recent passing of the New York Child Victims Act, the child victims of church sexual abuse had no recourse to seek legal justice. If you or a loved one has been the victim of clergy sexual abuse, you need to seek legal recourse.
Legal Justice Under the Childs Victims Act for Church Sexual Abuse Victims
It generally takes a long time for victims of church sexual abuse to confront their oppressor(s) or speak out regarding the horrid acts done to them, especially as children. To address this sad issue, New York Gov. Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law on February 14, 2019 to extend the statute of limitations for child victims who have been sexually abused, assaulted or molested while under the age of 18. This includes any and all alleged sexual acts perpetuated by the church.
The new law will do three major things for sexual abuse victims:
1. It extends or eliminates the statute of limitations for future criminal sexual cases involving a child under the age of 18, giving victims more time to come forward after they become adults. For a variety of reasons, survivors of sexual assault often don’t report it for years.
2. It extends the window for victims to bring a civil action until they turn age 55.
3. It opens a one-year window for all past victims of child sexual abuse to file a civil claim, no matter how long ago it was, starting six months after the law takes effect.
If you were a child victim of church sexual abuse, you need to learn what your legal rights are under the New York Child Victims. You need to understand how this new law works and how it can help you seek the justice and closure that you need for the terrible acts you suffered as a child. It is important that you take immediate action to get the full benefits this law has to offer for all New York victims of childhood church sexual abuse.
Standing with You in a Church Sexual Abuse Case
Sexual abuse can be perpetrated by church leaders across the spectrum, including but not limited to:
- Choir directors
- Sunday school teachers
- Youth group leaders and volunteers
Church sexual abuse cases are different than other types of sexual abuse cases. In these types of cases, the church institutions have a tendency to move offenders to other churches or towns in order to protect the individuals accused of sexual abuse. This has a twofold impact:
1) the offenders are free to abuse more children, and
2) it prevents the victims from getting the justice they deserve.
Victims of church sexual abuse need to immediately seek legal help and get the justice they deserve under the Child Victims Act.
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If you or a loved one is the victim of childhood church sexual abuse, you need to know how the Child Victims Act can help you get the justice you deserve. For more information or to better understand how this law can help you, please call our professional help center at 212-385-4410.