Window To File Lawsuits Under New York’s Child Victims Act Closing

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ALBANY – The window to file civil lawsuits under New York State’s Child Victims Act will come to a close next month.

The state’s Unified Court System reports more than 7,000 cases have been filed under the act since the lookback window first opened in 2019. That window is slated to close on August 14.

Previously, adults were barred from filing a civil suit for sex crimes that happened when they were a child.

Of the more than 7,000 cases filed so far, 1,700 alleged perpetrators are tied to Catholic Diocese in New York.

During the spring legislative session, lawmakers discussed extending the current deadline past August 14, however the idea passed the Senate, but did not see a vote in the Assembly.


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