New York’s Child Victims Act Extended – Again

Posted on: October 30, 2020 Sexual Abuse & Assault Lawsuits

NY Child Victims Act Deadline ExtendedFor the second time since the law was initially passed in 2019, New York’s Child Victims Act (“CVA”) has been extended, providing more time for child sex abuse survivors to pursue legal claims, both criminally and civilly. The extension moves the new deadline to August 14, 2021.

New York’s Child Victims Act is a law which allows previously time-barred claims to be filed, often referred to as a revival law or window. This window allows those previously expired claims to be filed for a finite and specific period of time. The original CVA had a deadline of August 14, 2020. However, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a significant reduction in court services and prompted the first extension to January 14, 2021.

New York’s Child Victims Act has been a conduit for more than 3,000 childhood victims to pursue legal claims against their alleged abusers. Many of these claims have been brought against the Catholic church, forcing some New York dioceses to seek bankruptcy protection in an effort to hide assets and limit payouts to sexual abuse survivors. Currently, four of New York’s dioceses have filed for bankruptcy including Rochester, Rockville Centre, Buffalo and Syracuse. With each filing, the dioceses cite the pending litigation burden associated with the growing number of clergy abuse claims, some made possible through the revival window provided by the Child Victims Act as a reason for seeking bankruptcy protection.

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