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California Expands Window for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Cases

New York Extends Child Victims Act ‘Look-Back’ Window for Reporting Sexual Abuse for One Full Year

Extension applies to all NY sexual abuse cases including the more than 200 child sexual abuse lawsuits filed against Rockefeller University Hospital and Dr. Reginald Archibald

As reported by Law.com (subscription), on Monday, August 3, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an extension of the historic Child Victims Act that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse an additional year to bring lawsuits for sexual abuses that occurred even decades ago. This extension to August 14, 2021 gives survivors another 12 months to file civil suits against their alleged abusers and the institutions that protected them — regardless of the date of the original abuse.

Supporters of the extension argued convincingly that more time is needed for survivors to bring lawsuits, particularly amid the unprecedented societal upheaval and court disruption brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

The NY Child Victims Act, enacted in January of 2019, opened up a then-one-year window for victims to file child sex abuse lawsuits that had been previously time-barred by statutes of limitation. The act triggered a wave of litigation against abusers in youth groups, hospitals, churches, and schools, as well as individual actions. Hundreds of new child molestation cases have been filed in New York since the Childs Victims Act was created, but that number is separate from over 200 cases which Manhattan’s Rockefeller Hospital elected to privately settle before their claims could reach open court. Rockefeller University Hospital is alleged to have allowed now-deceased pedophile physician Reginald Archibald to abuse more than 1,000 children dating as far back as the 1950s. To learn how you can protect your rights or for information on Lieff Cabraser’s work on behalf of victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault across the U.S., visit our Rockefeller University Hospital investigation and lawsuit page.

Anyone whose claims for abuse – against Rockefeller or any other New York-based défendant – previously expired now has until August of 2021 to sue under the newly expanded New York State laws.

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

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

  • Extends the time frame 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 window allowing prosecution for abuse that occurred even decades ago now closes in August of 2021.

If You Are A Victim of Sexual Abuse

Lieff Cabraser represents individuals nationwide in sexual abuse lawsuits against their physicians, teachers, clergy, and other abusers, including the UNiversity of Michigan/Dr. Anderson case [link to case page] and the USC sexual abuse litigation [link to case page] filed on behalf of nearly 18,000 women abused by University gynecologist George Tyndall, where Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin served as co-lead class counsel whose efforts led to a historic settlement for victims of $215 million and sweeping institutional reforms at USC.

If you were sexually abused as a child, we urge you to contact Annika or Lieff Cabraser attorney Mark Chalos today about your legal rights and potential recovery at 800 541-7358 or by using the secure form on this page. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case, and all information will be held in the strictest confidence. Lieff Cabraser represents a wide range of plaintiffs in multiple lawsuits over sexual abuse, sexual violence, and harassment, including in cases against USC, University of Michigan, the Hotchkiss College Preparatory School, church dioceses, and Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.