New York’s Child Victims Act Extended Due To Coronavirus

Posted on: May 12, 2020 Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

New York’s Child Victims Act Extended Due To CoronavirusSenators from New York gathered on Friday to discuss extending the time for victims to file a claim for sexual abuse. The original deadline was set to expire on August 14, 2020 but now, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, legislators have agreed to extend it to January 14, 2021; giving survivors of childhood sexual abuse an additional five months to file a claim. The senate felt that since court services have been significantly reduced due to the virus, it was only fair to extend the time for these victims.

Last year a law was passed, dubbed The Child Victims Act, to allow a one year ‘revival window’ for sexual abuse survivors whose claims had previously been time barred due to statute of limitations laws. Since the one year look back period started, there has been around 1700 new cases added. These claims includes cases filed against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, and the estate of Jeffrey Epstein.

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