According to Herman Law in a recent blog post, an important Bill is being proposed in New York called “Child Victims Act (S.809)”, which would get rid of both criminal and civil statutes for sexual abuse cases in the state. In addition, this bill would also allow a one year window for time-barred civil action lawsuits up to 50 years old to be heard. The bill is being supported heavily by “New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators”, which is a coalition that fights against sexual predators. Cory Feldman, among others, is endorsing the bill in order to put pressure on the legislators to keep it circulating through the state senate.
Jeff Herman of Herman Law is a lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio before attending the University of Arizona. Jeff went on to Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1985 while serving as the Editor of the Journal of International Law. He is known for exposing the sexual abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Miami as well as the Archdiocese of Denver by clergymen. Sexual abuse remains to be an issue which is highlighted in the case of the Child Victims act that is being pushed. The current statute of limitations for sexual abuse is about five years. The five year window begins at age 18 and goes on until age 23. Governor Andrew Quomo has listed this bill as a priority for him to pass through the state legislature. About 90.6% of New Yorkers support this bill.
As someone who specializes in sexual abuse cases Jeff Herman informs us about the importance of raising awareness of sexual abuse. For a long time, the statute of limitations have allowed for rapists and pedophiles to take advantage of youths around the country. The Child Victims Act is the latest step to combatting sexual abuse in the state of New York. This bill, if passed will bring more accountability to would be sexual abusers.
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