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Cuomo vows passage of Child Victim's Act

Governor putting Child Victim's Act in 2019 Executive Budget

January 11, 2019 - 1:02 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Cuomo's office announced that the Child Victim's Act will be included in the 2019 Executive Budget.

The Child Victim's Act extends the statute of limitations for criminal and civil litigation for minors that are sexually abused by adults. The legislation would allow victims of these crimes to file a civil lawsuit at any time before they reach age 50, opens a one-year window for them to commence their action, eliminates the need to file a notice of claim for sexual offenses committed against a minor, and requires judicial training with respect to crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors. 

The state assembly previously passed several versions of the bill, only for it to fail in the republican-controlled senate. 

Cuomo included the act as part of his Justice Agenda for the first 100 days of the new legislative session.  

"There has been a degradation of justice for childhood sexual assault survivors who have suffered for decades by the authority figures they trusted most. That ends this year with the enactment of the Child Victims Act to provide survivors with a long-overdue path to justice," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "For years Senate Republicans unconscionably blocked passage of this critical bill, but in partnership with a new progressive legislative majority we have an opportunity to ensure perpetrators of these heinous acts are held accountable and that survivors of childhood sexual abuse get their day in court."

Under current law, child sex abuse offenses cannot be prosecuted after five years and civil suits must be brought within three years of the victim's 18th birthday.

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