NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a new campaign to make sure victims of child sex abuse know their rights.
On Tuesday, survivors, lawmakers and advocates gathered in Times Square to announce the launch of a new PSA explaining the Child Victims Act.READ MORE: NYPD Officer Jason Rivera Fatally Shot, Officer Wilbert Mora Critically Injured Responding To Harlem Domestic Dispute
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The law extends the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases, giving victims until the age of 28 to seek criminal charges.READ MORE: 'The Loss Of A Hero': NYPD Mourns Death Of 22-Year-Old Officer Jason Rivera
They can also sue for damages until age 55.
“Starting tomorrow, a special one year window opens. Survivors will have one year only, no matter what their age, to file civil charges against their abuser or against the institution that allowed the abuse to happen,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 1/22 Saturday Morning Forecast
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law back in February.