5 Important Things to Know About New York’s Child Victims act Bill in 2019

15 Feb, 2019 2 comments
5 Important Things to Know About New York’s Child Victims act Bill in 2019

By passing the Child Victims Act into law, the state of New York has given victims of child abuse a chance to sue their attackers and the institutions that harbored them, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. The Child Victims Act, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on February 14, 2019, will change the state’s strict statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children.

Three Main Objections of the Child Victims Act

The Child Victims Act is a major victory for the victims of child sexual abuse. The impact this New York law will have for abuse victims will be huge. If you or a loved one is a victim of child sex abuse, it is important that you know how this law can help you get justice.

The Child Victims Act has three main objectives:

1. — 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.
2. — Allow victims to seek civil action against their abusers and institutions that enabled them until they turn 55.
3. — Open up a one-year, one-time-only period to allow all victims to seek civil action, regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.

5 Things to Know About the Child Victims Act

In addition to the three main objectives of the New York Child Victim Act, below are five more important things you should know about the new law:

– Before the new law, the most serious felony sexual crimes against children already had no statute of limitations.
– But mid- and lower-level felonies had a five-year statute of limitations, which kicks in when the victim turns 18.
– Now the statute of limitations will be based on age, not length of time since the allegations.
– And with the look-back period now opened up, lawyers and victims are planning to come forward with their stories — and sue.
– The look-back period will open six months from now and remain open for a year. So it opens Aug. 14.

Call Us For More Information!

If you or a loved one is the victim of child 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.

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Author: Jeff S. Korek

Jeff S. Korek joined Gersowitz, Libo and Korek, P.C. in 1992 as partner and trial attorney representing victims of medical malpractice and construction accidents. Known for his meticulous preparation and dedication to his clients, he has obtained substantial verdicts.