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Introduction to Child Victims Act

On February 14, 2019, the governor of New York signed into law the Child Victims Act.  Calling this vital legislation is an understatement. It is a long-overdue first step in protecting the rights of survivors of child sexual abuse. The law extends the statute of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse and violence in both criminal and civil cases.

While courts across New York will wrestle with this new type of case in the coming months, it is imperative to address the deadline for filing claims under this new law.  The absolutely quintessential date to remember is January 14th, 2021.  Beginning January 14th, 2021, claimants whose claims were previously time-barred under the old statute have exactly ONE YEAR to file a claim under this legislation.

At THE BONGIORNO LAW FIRM, we understand exactly how complicated the decision can be to bring a case of this kind.  We appreciate that it is a monumental decision that a person should not be forced to make lightly. Unfortunately, if a claim is not filed on time, the choice will be made automatically.  That is why we are encouraging anyone who is even considering the possibility of pursuing a claim to contact us (Landing page link) to help you adequately protect your rights.

THE BONGIORNO LAW FIRM has a number of consultation options in deference to the sensitive nature of these cases. Consultations can be done in person at our office. They can also be done by scheduling a time when an attorney can meet with you in the comfort of your own home. We can also conduct the initial stages of a consultation anonymously over the phone. If you or a loved one may have been sexually abused as a child, we strongly urge you to schedule a consultation as soon as possible, visit the Sex Abuse Lawyer page to learn more.

The New York City Bar’s comments on the legislation can be found here:


New York Court’s guidelines on the topic can be found here: