Catskill, New York
Melanie Lekocevic


The Child Victims Act goes into effect Wednesday and could open the door to a slew of lawsuits statewide.

The legislation was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 14, after the law was held up in the state Legislature for years. It creates a one-year window of opportunity for victims of child sexual abuse to make a claim against their abuser, no matter when the offenses were committed.

After the one-year window, which will expire Aug. 13, 2020, victims will have until they reach age 55 to file a civil claim for new cases, and until age 28 for criminal cases, according to New Baltimore attorney and activist Gary Greenberg, who championed the law for many years.


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