On January 28 of this Year New York’s legislative bodies put the final touches on the “Child Victims Act”. It’s almost law. All that is needed now is Governor Cuomo’s signature, which is sure to come soon.
The new law will extend the statute of limitations for adults who were sexually abused as children from the current 23-years-of-age limit to the victim’s 55th birthday. And for one year, anyone of any age – even if they are over 55 – will be able to sue. The law also extends (though not as dramatically) the statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges against the abusers.
This is HUGE. The new law will extend the statute of limitations for suing both the predators and the institutions or others who, through negligence or callousness, facilitated the sexual abuse.