1 Year After the Child Victims Act, Advocates Rally for Extension of Look Back Window, 6 Months Before Closing

Stewart-Cousins, Hoylman, Rosenthal, Biaggi, Bichotte, Cruz, Niou join Safe Horizon + survivors

ALBANY, NY (01/27/2020) (readMedia)-- Survivors, lawmakers, advocates, and lawyers will stand with Safe Horizon on Tuesday to mark the one year anniversary since the Legislature voted to pass the Child Victims Act. The CVA included a crucial lookback window allowing survivors of any age only one year to file a civil case against the individual or institution that may have abused them, no matter how long ago the abuse happened. The window closes on August 13th, 2020. The CVA extended the statute of limitations for criminal cases to 28 and for civil cases to 55 for anyone aged 23 the day the bill was signed on February 13th, 2019.

Since the one year window opened on August 14th, 2019 there have been over 1,400 claims filed across the state. There is currently a bill (S.7082) in the state legislature to extend the window for another year to allow more victims more time to come forward.


Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Senator Brad Hoylman

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

Brian Toale, Survivor

Kat Thomas, Lawyer

Senator/Survivor Alessandra Biaggi

Assemblymember/Survivor Rodneyse Bichotte

Assemblymember/Survivor Catalina Cruz

Assemblymember/Survivor Yuh-Line Niou

Amelia Tramontano, Survivor

Jason Gough, Survivor

Mary & Victor DeSantis, Parent of Survivor

Tom Andriola, Survivor

Mary Ellen, Survivor

Robert Corliss, Call to Action Legislative Advocate

Michael Polenberg, VP of Government Relations


 Press Conference Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the Passage of the Child Victims Act

WHEN: Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 01:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: Million Dollar Staircase
Albany, New York