On January 28 of this Year New York’s legislative bodies put the final touches on the “Child Victims Act”. This is HUGE. The new law will extend the statute of limitations for suing both sexual predators and anyone who negligently allowed the abuse to take place, including institutions such as schools, little leagues, boy scouts, counties who place children in foster care, churches, temples, and virtually anyone who knew or should have known of the abuse but did not do what they should have done to prevent it.
The previous statute of limitations was 23-years-of-age. Now it’s 55. But if the childhood victim is now older than 23 years of age, and his or her statute of limitations was thus expired before this new law passed, there is only a short window of time to sue: from August 14 of 2019 through February 14, 2020.
Until this law took effect, New York lawyers had only two words to say to a victim of childhood sex abuse who wanted to bring a claim after his or her 23rd birthday: “Too late”. Now those two words will be: “Sign here”.