NY Child Victims

Posted In: Sexual Abuse

As of August 15, 2019, the New York Child Victims Act (NYCVA) permits all New York residents who have unfortunately experienced past acts of childhood sexual abuse a statutory opportunity to file a civil lawsuit against their abusers and/or responsible entities regardless of whether or not the prior time limit for such claims had expired.  This “look back window” provision allows victims of childhood sexual assault to file a claim for a period of one year. Additionally, the natural statute of limitations for filing a claim of childhood sexual abuse has been expanded to age 55.

The NYCVA states that a civil lawsuit may be filed against any party “whose intentional or negligent acts or omissions are alleged to have resulted in the commission” of sexual abuse against a minor. The individual, but are not limited to coaches, teachers, clergy members, family members, camp counselors, doctors—among a multitude of other capacities. Importantly, the NYCVA has also removed the requirement for a “notice of claim”, which was required under the prior law before a lawsuit could be commenced.  

Under the NYCVA, victims of abusers may seek recovery for: 

  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Psychological trauma
  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of income

Slater Slater Schulman LLP is dedicated to the confidential representation of individuals who were abused as a child in New York.  If you or someone you love has suffered this form of abuse and wishes to file a claim, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free, confidential consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.

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