Safe Horizon

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. 

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

Victims of abuse in Central New York and across the state might find solace in the new Child Victims Act that was passed in the state legislature today. Up until this point, the statute of limitations on a sexual abuse crime ran out when the victim turned 23.  Monday, that age was increased to 55 for a civil statute and 28 for a criminal statute.