Assembly Dems attempting again to pass Child Victims Act as standalone bill

New York Daily News


Sunday, April 29, 2018

ALBANY — Assembly Democrats this week will vote on a bill to make it easier for child sex abuse survivors to seek justice as a adults — pressuring Senate Republicans who have long blocked the measure.

“We must take action to protect victims of childhood sexual abuse and ensure access to justice for survivors,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told the Daily News.

“The Assembly majority has long led the way on this important issue and I hope that it can finally become law this year.”

The bill, likely to be voted Tuesday, will let prosecutors bring criminal cases any time up to a victim’s 23rd birthday, and allow civil lawsuits against abusers any time up to a victim’s 50th birthday.

Public institutions would be treated the same as private institutions under the law. Currently, child victims have 90 days from the time of an incident to file notices of claim against school districts and other local or state government entities.

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