Child Victims Act Allows Survivors to File Lawsuit During Grace Period

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Child Victims Act Allows Survivors to File Lawsuit During Grace Period

New York lawmakers passed the Child Victims Act (CVA) earlier this year that will make it easier for adult survivors of child sexual abuse to seek justice.

Signed into law on February 14, 2019, the CVA grants survivors a one-year period during which they can file a lawsuit against their abuser or negligent institution, regardless of how long ago the abuse took place. This one-year period began August 14, 2019.

YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) is offering their services to assist survivors who wish to file a claim during this grace period. The agency asks those interested to call one of their free and confidential 24-hour hotlines:

In Oneida County, call 315.797.7740.
In Herkimer County, call 315.866.4120.

The CVA also raises the age for the statute of limitations for making reports and filing lawsuits against abusers. Survivors of child sexual abuse now have until their 55th birthday to file a civil suit. The statute of limitations for some felony charges has been raised to 28 years old, and to 25 years old for misdemeanor charges.

YWCA MV also offers a range of other services for survivors of child abuse, as well as crisis services for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Services include one-on-one therapy with an in-house counselor, support groups, and advocacy and accompaniment through legal, medical, and law enforcement proceedings.  All services provided are completely confidential and free of charge.

For more information about YWCA MV, call 315.732.2159 or Click Here.