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New York 2019 Child Victims Act – Take Action to Get Justice Before the August 14, 2020 Deadline

New York State recently enacted the New York Child Victims Act, which opens a one-year window until August 14, 2020 for people of any age who experienced sexual abuse as a child to bring lawsuits in New York even for abuse that occurred decades ago. Going forward, the new law also allows child sex abuse survivors to bring a civil lawsuit against abusers and institutions that protected them until the survivor reaches the age of 55.

You are not alone. We are here to help you.

A historic step forward for child protection, the New York Child Victims Act:

  • Opens a one-year window for child sexual abuse victims of any age to bring lawsuits for abuse that occurred even decades ago
  • Revives previously barred actions related to sexual abuse of children

The one-year window allowing prosecution for abuse that occurred even decades ago closes on August 14, 2020.

It’s time for justice. It’s time to bring the truth out into the light. It’s time for accountability and healing. We encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel if you are considering a claim against dioceses in New York.