9,000 Lawsuits Filed After New York Extends Time Limits for Abuse Victims

9,000 Lawsuits Filed After New York Extends Time Limits for Abuse Victims

(TargetLiberty.org) – Two years ago, New York set aside the Statute of Limitations time limits to allow victims of childhood sexual assault to file lawsuits. The decision allowed them to sue the institutions they believe enabled and or turned a blind eye to their abuse. The decision led to victims filing thousands of suits.

On Saturday, August 14, the Child Victims Act’s window to file the lawsuits closed. According to an Associated Press report, victims filed more than 9,000 lawsuits. Over the last two years, childhood abuse victims sued the Boy Scouts, priests, the Catholic Archdioceses, hospitals, private schools and other institutions.

Four of NY’s Roman Catholic dioceses filed for bankruptcy as a result of the lawsuits. Carol DuPre, 74, filed one of those suits. She told the AP that finally taking action was a “very healing experience” and it has set her free.

New York isn’t the only state to allow sexual abuse victims to file civil suits for crimes they allege happened years or decades ago. Multiple other states have changed their statute of limitations to allow victims the opportunity to sue. The suits are allowing people to feel as though they’re finally getting justice. As DuPre noted, that’s giving the victims the opportunity to finally feel free of their lingering pain.

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