What Is The New Law Regarding Sexual Abuse In Religious Institution Cases?
In New York, there used to be a law that precluded victims of sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, or sodomy from suing after the age of 25. This prevented people who were abused as children from ever seeking justice. For example, there are many cases involving members of religious institutions who sexually abused children, and many of those children did not come forward at the time out of fear, embarrassment, or shame. In accordance with New York law, the time period for filing suit for sexual abuse cases has been extended by 30 years, which means anyone under the age of 55 can sue for an event of sexual abuse or assault that occurred at any point during their life. This is very important in that it gives victims the ability to be compensated for the wrongdoings of clergy persons or members of certain organizations.
Additional Information On Sexual Abuse In Religious Institution Cases
In cases that involve acts of sexual abuse that occurred years or even decades prior to the filing of the suit, the perpetrator may no longer be alive and therefore unable to defend themselves. However, many times they will still be alive, which will allow for additional information to be revealed. For example, in many recent cases involving the Catholic church, it has been determined that several members of the church were aware that abuse was occurring, and rather than putting a stop to it, they moved the perpetrator from one location to another so that they could have a fresh start with a new parish. These cases have shown that the Catholic church was complicit in these crimes by enabling the perpetrators to continue committing them.
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