Effort to Change Statute of Limitations Law for Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases

TWC News

[with video]

By Kaitlyn Lionti
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tuesday, we introduced you to Vanessa DeRosa and Tino Flores, who as adults, are still affected by sexual abuse in their childhood.

“I’m on psychotic and anti-depression medicines because of this. I’m still seeing a psychologist and a psychiatrist,” said Flores.

“I actually am just getting out of a domestic violence relationship with my soon-to-be ex-husband so, after something like that happens, it just kind of leads you from one bad thing into another,” said DeRosa.

Their lawyers say legal action isn’t an option for them, because the statute of limitations for New York state has expired. That’s something they’re hoping to change.

“So that victims of this abuse need not continue to hear that the law protects, rather than punishes, their abusers,” said Diane Tiveron, managing partner at Hogan Willig.

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