Child Victims Act Claims Can Now Be Filed Until August 14, 2021
On Monday, August 3, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending the look back window for victims to file claims under the Child Victims Act. The Child Victims Act allows New York residents who were sexually abused as children to file legal claims, regardless of when or how long ago the abuse occurred.
The New York Child Victims Act went into effect in August of 2019, opening a one-year period in which survivors of abuse may file lawsuits that would have otherwise been outside of the statute of limitations. The original deadline to file claims under the Child Victims Act was August 14, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order in May extending the window until January 14, 2021. The new legislation extends the special filing period by a full year and claims can now be filed under the Child Victims Act until August 14, 2021.