SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Many of the people in attendance at a town hall are on the front lines in the battle against child sexual abuse. On Tuesday, they learned more about the new opportunity for survivors to seek justice.
The recently enacted Child Victims Act in New York opens up a one-year window on August 14th, allowing victims older than 23 to sue their abuser or any institution that helped to cover up the offense, regardless of how long ago it happened.
“It is a way to identify and expose perpetrators because perpetrators know they don’t need to keep victims quiet forever. Just long enough to run out the clock. Well, now we’ve gone into overtime and we’ve got an opportunity to hold those people accountable,” said Jeffrey Dion, CEO of the Zero Abuse Project.
The town hall was held in the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center, where resources were made available for people who qualify under the Child Victims Act.
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