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New York Child Victims Act Lawyers

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New York
Child Victims Act Lawyers

On February 14, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed The Child Victims Act into law, giving new hope to victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York. This landmark law allows those who were sexually abused as minors to pursue justice and seek compensation from their abusers and the institutions that harbored or protected the abusers – in some cases even decades after the abuse was suffered.

On August 3, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed additional legislation extending the look-back window for victims to file claims under the Child Victims Act by a full year and claims can now be filed under the Child Victims Act until the end of the day on August 13, 2021.

The Child Victims Act:

  • Provides survivors seeking to file actions against public and private institutions for previously time-barred claims a new opportunity for their day in court by opening a two-year window for them to commence their civil action;
  • During the look-back period all claims for childhood sexual abuse can be brought in this window regardless of age of victim now;
  • Eliminates the need to file a notice of claim for sexual offenses committed against a minor;
  • Allows victims of these crimes to commence a civil lawsuit at any time before they reach 55 years of age;
  • Requires judicial training with respect to crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors;
  • Authorizes the Office of Court Administration to promulgate rules and regulations for the timely adjudication of revived actions.
  • Increases the amount of time during which perpetrators of these crimes may be held criminally accountable;

At Powers & Santola, LLP we have always fought for victims of all ages. If you believe that the Child Victims Act affects the rights of you or a loved one to seek just compensation, contact us today to discuss your case. Our initial consultations are strictly confidential and offered free of charge.


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