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Child abuse survivors wait for justice, healing as CVA deadline passes with nearly 10K lawsuits filed

Sean Lahman-Diana Dombrowski-Saba Ali
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 13, 2021

When legislators in New York passed the Child Victims Act in 2019, it was prompted by an understanding that survivors of sexual abuse were struggling to heal and needed help. Outdated laws kept them from finding justice through the courts, and the institutions which had fostered the abuse were slow to respond on their own.

What the legislators did not understand, perhaps, was how pervasive the sexual abuse of children had been across the state and the sheer number of individuals who had been victimized.


If you were a victim of childhood sexual abuse in New York, there's still time to take steps to seek justice.

If you were a victim of childhood sexual abuse in New York, there's still time to take steps to seek justice. 

The "Window to Justice" opened by New York's Child Victims Act closes this week, but there is still time for folks who were abused in New York to come forward. The deadline to file a lawsuit is Friday, August 13, so if you're debating whether or not this is the right step for you, now is the time to get in touch with an expert and ask questions.

If you were abused in New York but aren't interested in filing a lawsuit, you can also report your abuse to New York Attorney General Letitia James

No matter what you decide to do, SNAP volunteers are there to support you. We have many great advocates in New York who can help you and can connect you to resources, so don't hesitate to reach out.

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