New York State Child Victims Act
What is the New York State Child Victims Act?
The New York The Child Victims Act gives adult survivors an opportunity to seek civil justice no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
Survivors have a one year window beginning August 14, 2019 to bring claims that occurred long ago. An extension to file has been granted until August 14, 2021. In addition, the Act changed the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes to age 28 in felony criminal cases, and 55 in civil cases.
Under the prior law, once a sex abuse victim turned 18, he or she had five years to report the crime to law enforcement officials. After that, the statute of limitations kicked in, and the perpetrator could not be prosecuted.
Approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Most sexual abuse is perpetrated by someone known to the child such as a priest, teacher, coach, neighbor of family friend. Most child sexual abuse goes unreported until adulthood.