Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said she is proud that she spent more than a decade fighting to pass the CVA, noting that it has made a difference for survivors seeking justice and accountability.
“People are still filing, and it shows the emotional burden that is on survivors to dredge up everything, prepare evidence, go through the pain again to get justice in the courts,” she said.
Rosenthal said she’s hopeful that the Legislature will act next session on the Adult Survivors Act, which would open a similar civil look-back window for victims who were abused when they were older than 18.
The stigma surrounding what Ferrick claims happened led him to compartmentalize. It took years, he said, to tell his wife.
Now, Ferrick, who attended Murry Bergtraum High School and eventually pursued a career in computer science in California, has five children of his own and a grandson. Aside from the closure he’s seeking, he hopes his lawsuit will help protect kids and prompt childhood friends who may have experienced the same thing he alleges in the complaint to come forward.
“I cannot say for 100% certainty, but there’s always been a lot of rumors,” he said of old friends who may have been abused. “I hope my friends get the help that they need and tell their stories.”