Yesterday, the Child Victims Act became effective in New York, paving the way for thousands of victims to file suits for money damages arising out of sexual abuse. This legislation increases the time during which sexual predators may be held both criminally and civilly liable. Under this new law victims of sexual abuse may file a lawsuit, that was previously considered time barred, within one year of August 14, 2019--but they must do so before they reach the age of 55.
Under the old law children had to file suit within 3 years of turning 18. Now any victim of child abuse under the age of 55, no matter how long ago they were abused--may file suit and have their case heard on the merits. However, that lawsuit must be filed before August 14, 2020 and before that person's 55th birthday. It's been reported in the news that Hundreds of Child Victim's Act lawsuits were filed yesterday with thousands more expected.