Child Victims Act takes effect this week

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NEW YORK STATE (WSYR-TV) — A one-year window for victims of sexual abuse will open this week. It is part of the Child Victims Act that was passed by the state legislature earlier this year.

The new law will give victims who were abused as children the ability to file a civil case, even if the statute of limitations has passed. It starts on August 14th.

The law also extends the time period for criminal charges to be filed against sexual abuses from 23 to 28 years old. And beyond this one-year lookback period, it allows for civil action up until a victim turns 55.


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