NYS Child Victims Act

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Advocates for victims of child sexual abuse and violence are reminding survivors about the chance to file lawsuits for abuse that took place years or decades ago.  Groups that support children are spreading a reminder about New York’s Child Victim’s Act.

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It was an emotional day Wednesday as hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors filed lawsuits in New York courts on the start of a one year window of opportunity for victims to seek civil action against their abusers.



Victims of child sexual abuse in New York have a window to bring charges against abusers starting today that had been closed due to statutes of limitations.  It can take years for a survivor to come forward.


The sexual assault and human trafficking case of Jeffrey Epstein could help other victims of assaults get support or more information about taking legal actions in their cases.  Another victim came forward Wednesday to say she was lured to Epstein’s home and then raped. 

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The fight for the passage of the Child Victims Act in New York State can also be traced back to Syracuse and the courageous survivors who are now empowering others through their work at Vera House and beyond.  A week ago today, the State Legislature passed the act that will open up a one year window for victims to come forward, six months after Governor Cuomo officially signs it.