Governor Cuomo announced an executive order to extend the CVA (Child Victims Act) which is a law from August 2019 that allowed victims of child sex abuse a one year lookback window to file suits against their perpetrators regardless of previous statue of limitations .
Because the courts have been closed due to COVID-19 the Governor announced he will extend the window to file an expired or time barred case under the Child Victim’s Act.
The current State law has enabled survivors of childhood sex abuse who were unable to come forward due to expired statute of limitations, a new opportunity to report a case of child abuse through August.
The Governor announced last week that he will extend the window until January 14th.
“Because people need access to the courts to make their claim justice too long delayed is justice denied so we will extend that window for people to bring their case,” Cuomo said.
As a result of the Child Victims Act’s one-year window, victims must swiftly assess and prepare any potential claims they may have against the entities responsible for their abuse. Herman Law represents hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York, many of whom have been victims of the widespread problem of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
Herman Law is a law firm for victims of sexual abuse across the nation. The firm is led by its founder Jeff Herman, who is recognized as one of the country’s leading attorneys for child victims of sexual abuse. The firm has obtained over $200 million in verdicts and settlements. Jeff has developed a national reputation for his powerful advocacy and unwavering dedication to his clients. Herman Law is committed to empowering victims of sexual abuse to take back their lives and begin the healing process.