Passage of the Child Victims Act in the New York legislature is an important victory for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It extends the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases to the age of 28 in criminal cases and age 50 in civil cases. Another important part of the new law is the one-year look-back provision. This provision allows a one-time only opportunity for victims who would otherwise not be able to pursue claims against their abusers because of the statute of limitations. The look-back provision faced significant opposition from religious and civic organizations. (more…)
Childhood sexual abuse can leave a survivor with deep scars. The mixture of confusion, shame, anger, and depression can take decades to work through. Childhood sexual abuse is far too common, and unfortunately, many survivors never come forward. Survivors shouldn’t have to suffer alone. If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse whether it was at the hands of a family member, a teacher, a coach, a clergy person, or another trusted individual there are resources available to get you the help you need. (more…)
In 2017, after accusations of sexual abuse against film producer Harvey Weinsteincame to light, the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault went viral. The hashtag spread across social media and included attempts to highlight the prevalence of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Tens of thousands of people have tweeted and published their #MeToo stories which involved every aspect of society including the entertainment industry and politicians. (more…)
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse often suffer long-term consequences from their abuse. Sexual abuse is highly damaging and results in many survivors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Horace Mann, an elite private school in the Bronx, was rocked by multiple reports of child sexual abuse and a coverup after an article was published in the New York Times Magazine. The abuse spanned decades beginning in the 1960s. It was found that a number of serial sexual abusers had been employed by the school and that the school failed to address reports of the abuse properly. It was reported that at least 60 students were abused by 22 school employees. (more…)
The Child Victims Act serves as recognition that the prior statute of limitations in childhood sexual abuse cases helps abusers avoid accountability. It is not surprising then that institutions such as the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America oppose at least portions of the bill. These institutions have faced serious accusations that they were aware of rampant abuse at the hands of their members and employees and failed to do enough to protect survivors. (more…)