Survivors of Sexual Assault in New York Have New Rights – The Time to Act is Now.
In 2019 the New York Legislature passed the Child Victims Act which reformed the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors in New York. The law enables victims of certain sexual abuse and sexual assaults to bring claims that might otherwise have been barred by law because the events happened long ago. Now there is a chance to take action. But there is only a short window to seek justice. The deadline is approaching.
The New York Child Victims Act allows child sex abuse survivors to bring a civil lawsuit against abusers and institutions that protected them until the survivor reaches the age of 55. It also opens a one-year window for child sexual abuse victims of any age to bring lawsuits for abuse that occurred even decades ago. This effectively revives previously barred actions related to sexual abuse of children.
The new law is so broad that it even eliminates the notice of claim requirements for cases against the city, the state or a school district.
We can help. Our firm represents many survivors and we work with all of our clients personally to help make sure these matters are handled so that each client is comfortable. There may even be ways to proceed anonymously. It is our mission to empower our clients and to use this law to bring about a societal change. No longer should abuse be covered up or ignored. No longer should abusers be protected by their employers, whether they are teachers, clergy, coaches or others who have abused their power. Shedding light on abusers will help prevent future generations from suffering in a way that was acceptable to churches, schools, boy scout or girl scout troops and other institutions in generations past. We feel it is our mission to protect the next generation of children. We take our mission seriously and personally.
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