The Child Victims Act, the law that gave sexual abuse survivors a one-year window to sue for abuse they suffered past the statute of limitations, was officially extended on Wednesday by the State Legislature.
“The passage of the Child Victims Act remains one of the most historic victories for child abuse survivors in New York State, and the COVID pandemic nearly prevented countless survivors from ensuring accountability — but today’s vote proves that nothing can stand in the way of justice,” said James R. Marsh, a New York attorney who represents more than 700 childhood sexual abuse survivors statewide.
“For many, the disruption caused by the pandemic threatened their ability to finally make their voices heard, but this one-year extension ensures that survivors have their day in court. As the judicial system reopens, survivors will continue to make their voices heard. We urge Governor Cuomo to pass this bill and remain firm in his commitment to justice for all,” he added.