Sexual abuse and exploitation of children are among the most disturbing of crimes, yet, until today, New York’s laws failed to afford the adequate protection that victims both need and deserve. Yesterday, the law required survivors of sexual abuse to file charges against their offender before most could possibly process and confront an experience so traumatic, effectively shielding predators from culpability at the expense of their victims’ justice.
Today, Governor Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law – quite literally a life-changing victory. The new law provides survivors of sexual abuse with the chance to demand justice in ways they were deprived of before and reclaim integrity they were previously refused.
Persons of all ages who were sexually offended when they were under the age of 18.
The following persons have one year to file charges or will lose the right to do so:
Any person who was sexually abused as a child may:
The impact traumatic experiences have on its survivors is one only they can truly understand. Repressing the memory, confronting the assailant, denying anything happened, confiding in friends, distancing family, finding some sort of outlet – there are endless ways to cope. The Child Victims Act, however, provides survivors of sexual abuse with another option – seizing the power and security from those who once deprived them of.
If you were a victim of sexual abuse as a child, it is your time to demand justice and let your voice be heard. The compassionate and experienced attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP understand that nothing can undo the damage done, but holding those accountable can provide emotional, mental, and financial support. As hard as taking the first step towards justice can be, embrace the strength you evidently have – you are a survivor and control your future, not a victim confined to the past.
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