Important history was made back in February 2019 when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Child Victims Act into law. It’s one of the most comprehensive statutes ever passed that extends full rights to children to file lawsuits after being sexually abused. What’s equally important is that these legal cases can now be filed up until the former child survivor reaches the adult age of fifty-five (55).
Former statutes of limitations that once blocked these lawsuits after the child reached the age of twenty-three (23) are no longer binding. And for one full year after its signing, any New Yorker who was abused as a child – regardless of age – can bring this type of lawsuit. That signals a major step forward in combatting this cruel societal wrong.
Furthermore, children or adults who seek to file lawsuits under the New York Child Victims Act are not prevented from moving forward if the childhood sexual abuse did not involve any form of actual physical contact with the perpetrator. After all, children subjected to adults who expose themselves, involve a child in any form of voyeurism – or make the child take part in any type of pornography can inflict just as much pain and damage as those who rape little children or teenagers.
Before discussing further aspects of this new law, our firm wants to note that the crime of childhood sexual abuse is greatly underreported. It causes extensive harm in children’s lives – it can even last until their dying days. Those wanting to learn more about childhood sexual abuse should visit the RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) website.
How does the new law simplify the legal procedures for filing this type of lawsuit?
Besides the new, lengthy deadline for filing these types of cases noted above, abuse survivors can now benefit from the following new legal realities.
While this list isn’t intended to be fully comprehensive, it does cover some of the most basic provisions of this new law.
What are the two main categories of sexual abuse of children?
The New York courts and legal system fully understand that many different types of unwanted or inappropriate sexual touching and other contact can constitute sexual abuse. In general, there are two main categories of abuse that make it possible for survivors to file claims.
What are the most common types of sexual abuse committed against young people?
What will typically happen if we file this type of lawsuit on your behalf?
compassionate attorneys who will help you move forward at the pace that best suits the facts of your personal case;
If you or a young child related to you has been sexually abused by an adult in New York, you should immediately contact our New York City child sexual abuse attorneys. We can provide you with the legal advice you need and help you decide if you wish to pursue litigation. If we decide to work together, we’ll do our very best to win the maximum compensation available for your claim– so you’ll receive monetary damages for all lost wages, pain and suffering, medical and psychological therapy expenses and other related losses.
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