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Sticking it to ’em: Child sex-abuse victims finally can seek justice

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Stickers advising child sex-abuse survivors of their rights have started appearing on bus shelters and parking meters recently in the West Village.

For years child sex-abuse survivors in New York State advocated to allow claims and criminal charges to be filed decades after their abuse had occurred. Finally, in 2019, the Child Victims Act was passed into law.

Since the law’s passage, several thousand lawsuits have been filed against abusers.

This past August, due to the pandemic, which paused the judicial system, the state Legislature extended the period that child sex-abuse lawsuits could be filed for another year, until this Aug. 13.

State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal sponsored the Child Victims Act, as well as the bill extending the CVA’s revival window an additional year.

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