NY Lawmaker Wants To Extend Window Survivors Can Sue Alleged Abusers

Steve Burns
February 15, 2020 - 6:37 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- In the first six months of New York's Child Victims Act, more than 1,400 abuse lawsuits have been filed. Now, with another six months to go, some lawmakers want to extend the look-back window another year.

By any measure, the CVA is doing its job, said state Sen. Brad Hoylman: “Lawsuits have been filed in 48 out of New York’s 63 counties.”

The one-year look-back window has essentially meant a suspension of the statute of limitations, allowing childhood abuse survivors to sue their alleged abusers and their employers.

“The look-back window is closing soon on Aug. 18 of this year,” Hoylman said.

Hoylman is now filing a bill to extend the window another year, saying the act has helped catch abusers who may still be in contact with victims.

“It takes some time to generate the urge and fortitude to go to court and confront an abuser,” Hoylman said.

He has a second bill that would give the same opportunity to those who were 18 or older at the time of their abuse.

“This could help victims of such heinous perpetrators as Jeffrey Epstein or Harvey Weinstein for example,” Hoylman said.