Sexual abuse comes in many forms. And it can leave life-long scars on victims in many forms, too: mentally, physically and emotionally. Sexual misconduct, rape, criminal sexual acts and forcible touching are just a few examples of sexual abuse.
Victims have the right to pursue both criminal and civil cases, and have the right to pursue compensation for the following:
Emotional pain, suffering and distress, such as generalized anxiety disorder or post traumatic stress syndrome
Medical bill & psychiatric bills
Diminished quality of life
Child Victims Act
Per the New York State Bar, the “Child Victims Act (CVA) extends the statute of limitations for a survivor of child sexual abuse in criminal and civil cases in New York. This means there is now more time for a survivor of child sexual abuse to press criminal charges. And, in civil cases, the CVA extends the period of time during which a survivor of child sexual abuse can file a claim for money damages. The CVA also allows claims to be filed against institutions that may have been involved in the abuse.” For more information on CVA, click here.
The Child Victims Act includes provisions that:
Extend the statute of limitations to allow victims to bring up civil cases until they turn 55. (The current statute of limitations is 23)
Extend the statute of limitations for criminal cases to 28
Implements new training for judges related to child abuse and sexual offenses
CURIS LAW takes an aggressive approach to these cases and is an advocate for all child victims.
Adult Survivors Act
On May 24, 2022 Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Adult Survivors Act (S.66A/A.648A), creating a one-year lookback window for survivors of sexual assault that occurred when they were over the age of 18 to sue their abusers regardless of when the abuse occurred.
Similar to the Child Victims Act, the Adult Survivors Act will empower survivors of sexual offenses that occurred when they were over the age of 18. The one-year window will begin six months from signing and will allow survivors to sue regardless of the statute of limitations.
Now is your opportunity to get justice. Email Curis Law today.