PASSED – NY Senate Bill – The Child Victims Act
The New York Child Victims Act revives civil action for certain sex offenses committed against a person less than eighteen years of age.
Monday January 28th, both the NY Senate and Assembly have overwhelmingly approved the Child Victims Act.
The bill is intended to break the silence and give survivors of childhood sexual abuse a voice. For years, adults who were sexually abused as children were left suffering in silence with limited options in their pursuit of justice. If/when the Child Victims Act is passed survivors will have a chance to be heard and to seek justice for the abuses committed against them.
The purpose of the bill is:
“Provides that the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution of a sexual offense committed against a child shall not begin to run until the child turns 23 years of age; provides that a civil action for conduct constituting a sexual offense against a child, shall be brought before the child turns 55 years of age; revives previously barred actions related to sexual abuse of children; grants civil trial preference to such actions…” – https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S2440