New York statehouse in Albany

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the New York state Senate and Assembly voted to extend the deadline to file under the New York Child Victims Act, which allows New York residents who were sexually abused as children to file legal claims, citing the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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; the new legislation would extend the deadline by one year, to August 14, 2021.

The legislation now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently had extended the deadline to January.

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