The Child Victims Act passed in the New York State Legislature on Monday more than a decade after the bill was introduced.
The bill passed with unanimous support in the NY Senate and passed in the Assembly by a vote of 130-3.
The bill would extend the statute of limitations for civil and criminal cases involving victims of childhood sexual abuse. The bill will:
- Extend the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse offenses by five years, giving survivors until age 28 to press charges for felonies and age 25 for misdemeanors.
- Extend the statute of limitations in civil actions arising from child sexual abuse, which currently range from one to five years at most, to allow survivors to bring suits until they reach age 55.
- Create a one-year window during which presently time-barred civil claims could be revived.
- Permit claims against both public and private institutions by explicitly eliminating the notice of claim requirement for bringing suits against public institutions both prospectively and during the revival window.
- Provide training for judges handling cases involving the sexual abuse of children.