Law Gives Victims Of Sex Abuse Better Chance To File Civil Lawsuits – CBS New York
Lawsuits were filed just after midnight, right as that law took effect, reports CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas
The Catholic Church, Rockefeller University and the Boy Scouts have already been named in lawsuits.
On Tuesday, representatives from Safe Horizon were joined by lawmakers and advocates to unveil a public service announcement that raises awareness about New York’s Child Victim’s Act.
The new law allows victims sexually abused as children a one-year “lookback window” to file a civil lawsuit regardless of their age now.
Survivors also have until the age of 28 to pursue criminal charges.
“If you in your depraved heart have the audacity to touch a child and, I don’t care if it was 50 or 60 years ago, your day of reckoning is now,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Web Extra: Child Victims Act PSA Unveiled
Experts say the average age, according to the best science, of a victim coming forward about child sex abuse is age 52.
After more than a decade fight in the state legislature, victims and advocates say their voice is finally being heard.