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Victims Catholic Church Abuse Can Seek Justice Under the New Child Victims Act

Child sex abuse victims can seek justice under child victim act in New yorkThe Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn revealed a list that names more than 100 priests who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse allegations. This is one of the largest disclosures of names among a flood of lists recently published by the church. The list goes back to years of allegations that included priests who had served in the diocese’s vast neighborhood parishes and schools. The disclosures are used as a means to recognize failures and mend ties with Catholics whose relationship with the church has wavered due to its handling of the alleged sex abuse.

New York has given an opportunity to its citizens to seek justice and compensation by passing the Child Victims Act. The new law allows victims of childhood sexual abuse who were once too old to seek compensation the ability to do so. Victims of childhood sexual abuse must immediately act by hiring an experienced New York child sex abuse attorney.

The Child Victims Act

The New York Child Victims Act has changed the state’s strict statute of limitations on sexual crimes against children and opened up a one-year window to revive past claims of any age. The law does three main things:

  • Extends New York’s statute of limitations to allow for criminal charges against sexual abusers of children until the victim turns 28 for felony cases.
  • Allows victims to seek civil action against their abuser and institutions that enabled them until they turn 55.
  • Open up a one-year, one-time-only period which begins six months from the date the law was signed by the governor (February 14, 2019) to allow all victims to seek civil action, regardless of how long ago the abuse took place.

Child Victims Act v. Independent Mediation Assistant Program

The Child Victims Act also provides a new avenue of justice for victims of child sex abuse over the existing Independent Mediation Assistant Program (IMAP) offered by the church. The church established the IMAP in 2004 to help victims of sexual abuse by priests. The Program was not as successful as church officials hoped it would be. Some abused victims even described it as making them feel like the abuse was their fault. Furthermore, IMAP does not operate independently of the diocese.

The Child Victims Act allows victims to seek justice and compensation by directly filing a civil lawsuit against their abuser and the institutions that harbored them, such as the Catholic Church.

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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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