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A One-Year Window for Victims of Childhood Abuse in NY to Sue for Damages Opens Next Week

Frank Kelly said he was sexually abused by his doctor when he was a child.

“The story is that when I was a youngster, I was going to this doctor, me and my sister,” Kelly said. “We went there so many times for visits, examinations. And he started to abuse us.”

The statute of limitations to file suit had long since expired, but a new law opens up a one-year look back period for Kelly and other victims of childhood sexual abuse to seek restitution.

“New York went — with this look back window — went from one of the worst places for a survivor to bring a lawsuit or seek restorative justice to one of the better ones. So you have a one-year, one-time window. It starts on August 14,” attorney Jennifer Freeman said.

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