Victims of Sexual Abuse Now Have a Chance to Seek Justice with Passage of Child Victims Act

Victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York have been asking lawmakers for a chance to seek and obtain justice. According to a report in The New York Times, powerful interests including insurance companies, private schools and leaders in the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Jewish communities have repeatedly blocked these efforts. However, in November, after Democrats took control of the state Senate, both the Senate and the Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Child Victims Act, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to sign the bill into law. The bill passed with every senator, Republican and Democrat, voting for the bill even though it did not come to the Senate floor for a vote under the Republican majority. What Does the Bill Do? The bill significantly extends New York’s statute of limitations for child sex abuse. Prior to this law, criminal or civil charges were required to be brought before the survivor’s 23rd birthday making New York’s laws among the…

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