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Child Victims Act Legislation Passes

Child Victims Act Legislation Passes

Vera House has advocated for the passage of the Child Victims Act for over 12 years. Justice is finally being offered to countless survivors of child sexual abuse with the passage of this important legislation on Monday, January 28th. 

Child Victims Act Highlights

This bill will:

  • Increase the start of the 5-year statute of limitation for a survivor of child sexual abuse to file criminal prosecution to begin at age 23 versus the prior age of 18
  • Increases the statute of limitation for a survivor of child sexual abuse to file civil action against the abuser and/or the institution to age 55
  • Eradicates the barrier of filing a notice of claim or a notice of intention to file a claim, and have served within 90 days of the incident, as a condition precedent to bringing a civil action against a private or public institution
  • Allows a one-year “revival” window for survivors of child sexual abuse to take civil action against the abuser and/or the institution, set to commence 6 months from the effective date of the act. This includes:
    • Civil actions previously dismissed due to being time-barred
    • Civil actions previously dismissed due to failure to file a notice of claim or a notice of intention to file a claim
    • Requires the Office of Court Administration to provide training for judges concerning crimes involving the sexual abuse of minors

For more information pertaining to the Child Victims Act legislation, please contact:
Jolie Moran 
Director of Advocacy 
(315) 425-0818 x2207
jmoran@verahouse.org 

or

Amanda Eyeam
Prevention Educator
(315) 425-0818 x2228
aeyeam@verahouse.org