Child Victims Act Changes the Statute of Limitations for Abuse Victims in New York

15 Feb, 2019 0 comments
Child Victims Act Changes the Statute of Limitations for Abuse Victims in New York

After more than a decade of lobbying, advocates for changes in the New York state statute of limitations got what they wanted on January 29 when the state legislature approved the Child Victims Act. The Act was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on February 14, 2019. The Child Victims Act allows child sex abuse victims to sue and file criminal charges regardless of how old they are.

How the Child Victims Act Gives Child Sex Abuse Victims More Time to Sue

The Child Victims Act loosens one of the nation’s lightest statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse and molestation. The act also creates a one-year litigation window for victims of child sex abuse to file civil lawsuits. This means all victims, regardless of age have until March 14, 2020 to file a civil lawsuit against their perpetrator and/or the institutions that harbored.

The new law replaces what was one of the most restrictive statutes of limitations when it comes to child sex abuse. Victims now have until 55 years of age to file civil lawsuits and seek criminal charges until age 28, as opposed to 23 under the old statute.

A few other states have recently enacted similar laws to expand time frames for child sexual victims’ lawsuits. Massachusetts gives victims up to 35 years to sue. Ohio and Pennsylvania both now give victims until age 30.

Call an Experienced  Child Abuse Attorney Now!

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.