Clergy or Institutional Sexual Abuse

New York Child Victims Act Lawyer

Sexual abuse or assault is among the worst crimes imaginable, especially when the victim is a helpless child. Criminal and civil trials are often necessary to get justice and protect the victims from getting abused again. However, until now, most victims of child sexual abuse were blocked from seeking justice.

Survivors of child sexual assault earned a victory when legislators passed the Child Victims Act, extending New York’s statute of limitations to give child sex abuse victims more time to sue and pursue criminal and civil charges.

If you or a loved one is the victim of child sexual abuse, it is critical to act now. The one-year window to file a civil suit under the Child Victims Act could be significantly shortened if a defendant files for bankruptcy. Our legal team at McCarthy | Kelly LLP is aggressive, yet compassionate, in fighting for the rights of sexually abused clients. Our NYC Child Victims Act lawyers will take any necessary measures to help you and your loved one seek financial compensation from the parties who injured you.

What the Child Victims Act Means for Sexual Abuse Victims

The Child Victims Act allows past and future victims of child sexual abuse in New York a new window of opportunity to seek civil redress for the harm done to them.  The new law will do three major things for sexual abuse victims:

  1. It extends or eliminates the statute of limitations for future criminal sexual cases involving a child under the age of 18, giving victims more time to come forward after they become adults. For a variety of reasons, survivors of sexual assault often don’t report it for years.
  2. It extends the window for victims to bring a civil action until they turn age 55.
  3. It opens a one-year window for all past victims of child sexual abuse to file a civil claim, no matter how long ago it was, starting six months after the law takes effect.

If you are a victim of sexual abuse or know someone who is, you will no doubt have some questions about what the Child Victims Act specifically means for you or your loved ones. It is best to immediately consult with an experienced New York sexual abuse attorney to guide you and help you protect your legal rights under this new law.

The experienced, compassionate legal team at McCarthy | Kelly LLP is dedicated to protecting sexual abuse victims by bringing their abusers to justice and getting them the full compensation they deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Child Victims Act

Although speaking with an NYC Child Victims Act attorney is best, below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Child Victims Act.

The new law allows you to file civil lawsuits against the abusers and institutions up to your 55th birthday.
Yes. The law allows sexual abuse victims of any age to bring a claim against both private and public institutions.
The most important step to take is to immediately consult with and hire an experienced and aggressive New York sexual abuse attorney who knows how to use the Child Victims Act to help protect your legal rights and get you the full compensation that you deserve.

Call Us Today

The most important step you can take as a childhood sexual abuse victim is to contact an attorney immediately.  No amount of money will undo the harm caused but it can bring a sense of justice and closure for victims. Please contact attorney Bill Kelly at or (212) 732-5040.

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