New York Sex Abuse Lawsuits Time Window Extended
New York, May 11, 2020 – On Friday, May 8, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law a five-month extension of the “look back window” in which to file New York child sex abuse lawsuits pursuant the Child Victims Act (“CVA”). Sex abuse survivors in New York now have until January 14, 2021 to file suit. New York sex abuse lawyers, at Levy Konigsberg LLP are representing hundreds of clients sexually abused as children by perpetrators including priests, clergy, doctors, teachers, coaches, scoutmasters, counselors, and other who violated positions of trust. The firm is handling high-profile cases reported in news outlets such as the New York Post.
For decades, New York and other states had short periods of time in which survivors of child sexual abuse could bring lawsuits. But short statutes of limitation ignore the reality that it takes many sex abuse survivors of all ages—and especially survivors of child sexual abuse—decades to process the trauma and come to term with the harm they suffered, so that they can feel comfortable coming forward to report the abuse. The CVA marked a revolutionary change: extending the statute of limitations until the survivor reaches age 55, and also creating a window in which any survivor can file a lawsuit, no matter their age or when the abuse took place. The look back window was significant because the original statute of limitations for most survivors expired long ago, but the window creates a meaningful opportunity for victims to obtain restitution from the perpetrators of their abuse, and also the corporations and institutions whose negligence enabled the abuse to take place. New York is among a handful of other states, including New Jersey, that have enacted similar look back windows to allow victims to seek justice.
When the CVA was originally signed into law in February 2020, it created a one-year window beginning August 14, 2019. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of society, including New York’s courts. The Governor’s extension of the CVA’s look back window was a commendable and crucial step to protecting the rights of child sex abuse survivors going forward. It is our hope that the look back window will be extended further to allow victims the time they need to decide whether to seek justice in a lawsuit. For the time being, survivors will have until January 14, 2021 to file suit.
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for people who were victims of sex abuse in New York when they were children, even when the abuse occurred decades ago. Our firm has experienced and compassionate attorneys and staff who are sensitive to what sex abuse survivors are going through when they disclose the details of the abuse that was inflicted upon them.
If you were the victim of sexual abuse when you were a child in the State of New York, our team of experienced sex abuse lawyers will provide a free consultation. Contact us now while there is still time left in the “look back window” that allows child sex abuse cases to be filed, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. Call the number at the top of the screen, have a live chat now with one of our representatives or complete the website form on this page.