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New York Child Victims Act Lawyer

Child Abuse AttorneySexual abuse or assault is among the worst crimes imaginable, especially when the victim is a helpless child. Criminal and civil trials are often necessary to get justice and protect the victims from getting abused again. However, until now, most victims of child sexual abuse were blocked from seeking justice.

Survivors of child sexual assault earned a victory when legislators passed the Child Victims Act, extending New York’s statute of limitations to give child sex abuse victims more time to sue and pursue criminal and civil charges.

If you or a loved one is the victim of child sexual abuse, it is critical to act now. The one-year window to file a civil suit under the Child Victims Act could be significantly shortened if a defendant files for bankruptcy. Our legal team at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. is aggressive, yet compassionate, in fighting for the rights of sexually abused clients. Our NYC Child Victims Act lawyers will take any necessary measures to help you and your loved one seek financial compensation from the parties who injured you.

What the Child Victims Act Means for Sexual Abuse Victims

The Child Victims Act allows past and future victims of child sexual abuse in New York a new window of opportunity to seek civil redress for the harm done to them. The law itself has not changed. The new law will do three major things for sexual abuse victims:

  1. It extends or eliminates the statute of limitations for future criminal sexual cases involving a child under the age of 18, giving victims more time to come forward after they become adults. For a variety of reasons, survivors of sexual assault often don’t report it for years.
  2. It extends the window for victims to bring a civil action until they turn age 55.
  3. It opens a one-year window for all past victims of child sexual abuse to file a civil claim, no matter how long ago it was, starting six months after the law takes effect.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse or know someone who is, you will no doubt have some questions about what the Child Victims Act specifically means for you or your loved ones. It is best to immediately consult with an experienced New York sexual abuse attorney to guide you and help you protect your legal rights under this new law.

The legal experienced, yet compassionate, team at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. is dedicated to protecting sexual abuse victims by bringing their abusers to justice and getting them the full compensation they deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Child Victims Act

Although speaking with an NYC Child Victims Act attorney is best, below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Child Victims Act.

  • Has the Child Victims Act impacted the criminal side of sexual abuse?

Yes. The law gives law enforcement more time to file charges against sexual abusers. Under the new law, victims are able to seek felony criminal charges until their 28th birthday, and they will have until their 25th birthday to seek misdemeanor charges.

  • What are my rights as an adult victim of sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act?

The new law includes a “look-back window” for adult victims who were previously prohibited by the statute of limitations to sue during a one-year period.

  • How does the Child Victims Act change the rights of victims who survived sexual abuse as a child?

The law allows you to file civil lawsuits against the abusers and institutions until you are 55 years old. The old law only allowed you to file suit until age 23.

  • Does the Child Victims Act allow sexually abused victims to bring civil action against both private and public institutions?

Yes. The law allows the look-back period of one year for sexual abuse victims of any age to bring civil action against both private and public institutions.

  • What steps should I take to protect my legal rights under this law?

The most important step to take is to immediately consult with and hire an experienced and aggressive New York sexual abuse attorney who knows how to use the Child Victims Act to help protect your legal rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve.

  • Why You Should Hire a New York Child Victims Act Attorney

If you, your child or any other loved one was a victim of sexual abuse, it is important to know that you can pursue justice through the criminal and civil justice systems. The goal of a criminal proceeding is to protect society. Your child, or the victim, will serve as a witness for the prosecution.

The goal of a civil lawsuit is to seek the best interests of your sexually abused child. Civil cases often include seeking compensation for the physical and emotional injuries your child suffered and filing for restraining orders and custody as a result of the sexual abuse.

Survivors of child sexual assault now have the opportunity under the Child Victims Act to seek justice regardless of their age. But, as a victim, you need to act quickly. It is imperative that you immediately hire a Child Victims Act lawyer in NYC to use the rights afforded to you under the new law to get you the justice that you deserve.

The legal team at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. is ready to fight for your rights. We have successfully handled numerous sexual abuse cases and know what it takes to get our clients the full compensation they deserve. Our success in obtaining monetary settlements proves how dedicated we are in obtaining the best settlement for you when you are injured and need help.

Call Us Today

The most important step you can take as victim of childhood sexual abuse is to contact one of the attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. Each case has unique facts and circumstances that affect the strategy of pursuing your recovery.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of childhood sexual abuse, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Although no amount of money will undo the harm caused, it can bring a sense of justice and closure for victims. For more information or to consult with an experienced NYC child sex abuse attorney, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-646-798-1535.

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