Sexual abuse survivors in the Archdiocese of New York are fighting to pass the New York Child Victims Act (A1771-S6367). Different versions of the Child Victims Act will extend or eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse and allow survivors to obtain the help, healing and justice they deserve. The Child Victims Act can also help hold institutions accountable for covering up for the abusers. New York legislators may vote on the Child Victims Act after the legislative session resumes in 2017.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan introduced a compensation program in the Archdiocese of New York for sexual abuse survivors abused by priests in the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese’s plan only includes survivors in the Archdiocese who were abused by Archdiocesan priests, excluding those abused by religious order priests, other religious, and lay persons. We encourage clergy sexual abuse survivors to consult with legal counsel before participating in this program with the Archdiocese of New York.
If you experienced clergy sexual abuse in New York, please contact us confidentially at 646-759-2551.
In May 2013, the Minnesota legislature passed the Child Victims Act. This law provided survivors of child sexual abuse a three-year window to take legal action against their abuser or the institution that covered up the abuse. The window expired on May 25, 2016. The Child Victims Act also eliminated the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse moving forward.
As a result of the Child Victims Act, at least 200 sexual predators were exposed to the public, making our communities safer for children. Additionally, thousands of pages of once-secret, internal documents have been disgorged to the public, holding several institutions legally accountable and forcing them to become more transparent.
Jeff Anderson & Associates has helped hundreds of survivors begin their journeys of hope, healing and justice. Our attorneys, paralegals and support staff offer confidential, compassionate support and have represented survivors of sexual abuse nationwide.