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Showing posts with label child sexual abuse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label child sexual abuse. Show all posts

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan & Lorne Michaels accused of “Enabling” Gender-Motivated Violence Under NYC’s Amended Gender Motivated Violence Act

Last year, a Pennsylvania woman sued former Saturday Night Live cast-member, Horatio Sanz, for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was a minor. Now, she's seeking to add Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan & SNL creator, Lorne Michaels, to her cast of defendants. 


This development comes after New York City’s Gender-Motivated Violence Act (GMVA) recently enacted a two-year lookback window which gives accusers two years to revive their previously time-barred claims of gender-motivated violence (defined as a crime of violence motivated by gender). 


In addition to extending the statute of limitations, the amendment also expands the scope of the GMVA to include any “party” who “directs, enables, participates in, or conspires in the commission of a crime of violence motivated by gender." This explains why Fallon, Tracy, & Michaels may be in hot water.


If you’ve been the victim of gender-motivated violence in New York City, you now have until March 1, 2025 to file a civil lawsuit for compensatory damages, injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees, & more.  


New Yorkers who live outside the City may bring a lawsuit under a similar statewide law which takes effect November 24, 2022, & gives a one year revival window. If you suffered abuse as a minor, the deadline is February 3, 2023 under one law, & another gives certain victim's until their 55th birthday to commence a case. 

Sexual abuse is no laughing matter. These revival statutes give New York victims of sexual abuse a golden opportunity to hold both abusers & enablers accountable.


Friday, August 16, 2019

One Year Window for All Victims of Child Sexual Abuse to File a Lawsuit is Open

Attention Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: You have an opportunity for the next year to seek damages for physical and emotional injuries regardless how long ago the abuse took place.

The Child Victims Act, which went into effect this week, allows any victims of child sexual abuse in New York State to file a civil lawsuit against their abuser or a negligent institution within the next year.

Following the one year period, any victim can file a lawsuit against their abuser or a negligent institution until their 55th birthday (the age limitation was previously 23 years old).

The rationale behind the law is that victims of child sex abuse should not be penalized for not timely disclosing what occurred because of shame or fear.