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.
What The New Law Does
- Extends the time survivors of sexual abuse have to bring criminal and civil charges against their abusers;
- Revives past claims of abuse that were dismissed;
- Holds sexual offenders accountable for crimes they would have evaded before;
- And renders public and private institutions more susceptible to liability.
Who Is Protected
Persons of all ages who were sexually offended when they were under the age of 18.
The One Year Rule
The following persons have one year to file charges or will lose the right to do so:
- Anyone the age of 55 and older;
- Anyone who previously filed a claim that was dismissed due to time restrictions;
- And anyone who previously filed a claim that was dismissed for failing to file a Notice of Claim or Notice of Intention to File a Claim.
The New Time Period
Any person who was sexually abused as a child may:
- File a civil lawsuit against any party whose conduct resulted in the abuse on or before they reach the age of 55;
- Or file criminal charges against their offender on or before they reach the age of 28.
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.
Perinton, NY (February 14, 2019) – Police were immediately called to the scene of a traffic collision, which is believed to have involved no more than two vehicles, that took place in the town of Perinton late Thursday night, February 14. The crash, which occurred shortly before midnight at around 11:55 p.m. happened along Pittsford Palmyra Road for reasons that have yet to be determined.
Arkwright, NY (February 14, 2019) – A woman had to be hospitalized after she was reported to have caught on fire during an incident that took place on Thursday morning, February 14. The injurious accident happened at around 7:00 a.m., in the vicinity of a home near the Arkwright Hills Campground, according to authorities.
Rochester, NY (February 14, 2019) – Police were sent to the scene of a motor vehicle accident, which was reported to have resulted in injuries, on Thursday morning, February 14. The crash was stated to have happened at around 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Clark Avenue and Norton Street.
Aurelius, NY (February 14, 2019) – Several emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of an electrical fire that broke out at a milk processing plant on Thursday morning, February 14. The incident ultimately injured three workers at the Cayuga Milk Ingredients plant in the town of Aurelius at around 10:20 a.m.
Penfield, NY (February 14, 2019) – On Thursday evening, February 14, authorities were called to the scene of a traffic collision that occurred in the town of Penfield and resulted in injuries. According to police, the collision, which involved no more than two vehicles, happened at around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Panorama Terrace and Route 441.
Henrietta, NY (February 14, 2019) – Police responded to an injurious motor vehicle accident that happened along West Henrietta Road on Thursday afternoon, February 14. According to authorities, the crash occurred at around 1:21 p.m. and is currently believed to have involved no more than two vehicles.
Staten Island, NY (February 14, 2019) – At approximately 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday night, February 13, a 37-year-old man was reported to have lost his arm in a seriously injurious train accident on Staten Island. According to authorities, the incident happened at the Pleasant Plains train station for reasons that are unclear at this time.
Watertown, NY (February 14, 2019) – A devastating house fire broke out early Thursday morning, February 14, which tragically resulted in the deaths of one man and two children. The fire was first reported to have started at around 1:30 a.m. The incident took place at a home located at 911 Myrtle Avenue, between Haley Street and Ward Street, in Watertown.
Ogden, NY (February 14, 2019) – On Thursday, February 14, police were immediately dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident that occurred in the town of Ogden for reasons that are likely to be investigated at this time. The collision, which police believe to have involved no more than two vehicles, happened along Route 531 at approximately 1:20 p.m.
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