Window for Abuse Suits in New York Opens

By Andrew Pugliese
August 13, 2019

New York state’s Child Victims Act (CVA) will take effect on Aug. 14, giving those who say they were abused as minors one year to file a civil suit regardless of when the alleged crime occurred.

Similar laws have been passed in Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii and New Jersey. A two-year window for lawsuits in New Jersey is set to begin on Dec. 1.

In New Jersey last week, 30 alleged victims of abuse by priests chose to file their claim with the New Jersey Independent Victim Compensation Program, according to The option is open to alleged victims in the five dioceses in New Jersey, allowing them to bring their claim to an independent mediator where the burden of proof is much less than it is in a courtroom.

The Diocese of Brooklyn is operating a similar program, called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. That program, which started in June 2017, gives alleged victims a way to settle claims with the diocese. Anyone who elects to participate in the IRCP must agree not to sue the diocese.


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