New York Child Victims Act
Extended Look-Back Window for Child Sex Abuse Claims
When the New York Child Victims Act (CVA) took effect in August 2019, it greatly expanded the rights of child sexual abuse victims by extending the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits against abusers and / or individuals or entities who enabled or failed to prevent the abuse.
The Child Victims Act has two key components:
- The CVA extended the statute of limitations for civil sexual abuse claims, allowing survivors to file lawsuits until the age of 55.
- The CVA created a 1-year look-back period during which survivors can file civil lawsuits against at-fault parties, regardless of how old the survivor is and no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
Per the Child Victims Act, the look-back period was set at one year from the date the Act took effect – August 14, 2019. However, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local court systems, many new filings were severely delayed, and filings of non-essential cases were prohibited by an administrative order from the NY Office of Court Administration.
In response to these events, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to extend the look-back window, known as a window of revival, one additional year. Now, Adult survivors of child sexual abuse can still file civil lawsuits under the NY Child Victims Act until August 14, 2021.
An Opportunity for Survivors
The New York Child Victims Act, like California AB 218 and other similar laws acts passed across the nation, created long-needed pathways to justice for those who were sexually abused as minors, but may have waited too long to step forward with their claims.
As a law firm that has excelled in helping abuse survivors nationwide navigate their legal journeys, our team at The Zalkin Law Firm knows it is not uncommon for survivors to wait years or even decades before stepping forward. This is due to many factors, including the personal battles survivors have within themselves, the difficulty of processing trauma that occurred in childhood, and the general atmosphere and scrutiny surrounding these sensitive cases.
Today’s current social climate, fortunately, is far different than what it once was. There now exists growing support for survivors, and a growing sentiment that abusers and those who concealed abuse be held accountable. According to the New York State Senate, the Child Victims Act has allowed over 3,000 courageous survivors step forward to seek justice. With the recent extension, that number is expected to rise significantly.
Support & Guidance from Award-Winning Attorneys
The Zalkin Law Firm is devoted to representing sexual abuse survivors throughout New York in their fights for justice, and has successfully recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for survivors nationwide. This includes numerous successful recoveries secured on behalf of survivors who stepped forward as adults years or decades after abuse.
Examples of some of the results we’ve secured for adult survivors include:
- $4.2 million recovered for three survivors abused as minors by clergy associated with a Northern California Catholic Diocese
- $2.75 million for two survivors sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest in 1975
- $1,75 million recovered in a Montana clergy sexual abuse case which occurred over 40 years ago
- $1.5 million secured on behalf of a 24-year-old male abused as a minor by a public school coach
- $1.25 million for a 27-year-old abused as a minor by a youth pastor associated with an evangelical church in Northern California
- $750,000 recovered in a clergy abuse case involving abuse that occurred in the early 1990's
- $675,000 recovered against a religious order for abuse that occurred 30 years ago
- $600,000 settlement 45 year old male survivor abused as a minor by a Catholic priest
Our attorneys at The Zalkin Law Firm are available to help if you have questions about the New York Child Victims Act and how it may affect your potential civil case. Call or contact us online to request a free and confidential consultation.
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