Over the past few decades, it has come to light that thousands of children and young adults have been sexually assaulted by priests and/or other clergy. Unfortunately, some of these predators are adults trusted to teach, mentor, and guide children. Children are generally vulnerable to sexual abuse at school and religious institutions.
At one point, it was nearly unbelievable that a clergy could possibly engage in such horrid acts of sexually abusing children. However, over the past three decades, such allegations have become widespread. Sexual abuse can cause irreparable physical, emotional and mental trauma, especially to a young individual. If you or a loved one has been the victim of clergy sexual abuse, you need to seek legal recourse.
The Impact of the Childs Victims Act on Clergy Sexual Abuse
Victims of sexual abuse, especially childhood sexual abuse committed by the clergy, can understandably take a long time to confront their oppressor(s) or speak out regarding their trauma. In response, Governor Cuomo signed the New York 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 clergy.
The new law will do three major things for sexual abuse victims:
- 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.
- It extends the window for victims to bring a civil action until they turn age 55.
- 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 are a victim of clergy sexual abuse, you will no doubt have many questions about what the New York Child Victims Act specifically means for you. It is important you completely understand how this new law works and how it specifically applies to your unfortunate situation. It is imperative that you take immediate action to get the full benefits this law has to offer for all victims of childhood clergy sexual abuse in New York.
Standing with You in a Clergy Sexual Abuse Case
Sexual abuse can be perpetrated by clergy and religious leaders across the spectrum, including but not limited to:
– Choir directors
– Sunday school teachers
– Youth group leaders and volunteers
Clergy sexual abuse cases are different than other types of sexual abuse cases. The main difference is that in these cases, many offenders are moved to other churches or towns by the institutions that protect them, instead of being turned over to the police. 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 clergy sexual abuse need legal help to get the justice and compensation they deserve.
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If you or a loved one is the victim of childhood clergy 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.