Generally, states like Texas have a strict statute of limitations on child sex abuse lawsuits. Until recently, New York was one of those states. A recent change in the law may open the floodgates to new child sex abuse lawsuits.
The new Child Victims Act gives victims and/or alleged victims of sex abuse a one-year window to file claims for sexual abuse allegations, according to Reuters. What makes this law so impactful is that it allows claimants to file these lawsuits no matter how long ago the alleged sexual abuse took place. Attorneys are gearing up to represent potentially thousands of child sex abuse cases. The new legislation impacts various entities within the private and public sectors. This includes religious institutions, youth organizations, schools and hospitals.
In recent years, there has been a lot of attention drawn to the issue of sexual assault, sexual abuse and human sex trafficking. The vast number of prominent figures accused, charged and/or convicted of these crimes has raised public awareness. Additionally, the rise of the #MeToo movement has pushed the plight of sexual assault victims to the forefront. With New York and several other states extending the statute of limitations, many survivors now feel they have a real opportunity to have their voices heard, to heal and to expose their perpetrators.
Laws like the Child Victims Act make it easier to sue for child sexual abuse. With that said, it also means individuals accused of these crimes need appropriate legal representation. When faced with a possible lawsuit of this nature, it might be helpful to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.