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What to know about New York State's Child Victims Act

A view of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville

A view of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. The Diocese of Rockville Centre declared bankruptcy in 2020 as it faced more than 200 lawsuits under the New York State Child Victim's Act. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

The lookback window for victims of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits under New York State’s Child Victims Act will come to an end Friday at midnight.

Here's what you need to know about the law and the looming deadline:

What is the Child Victim's Act?

What else does the bill do?

Will the window for filing claims under the Act be extended?

How many claims have been filed to date under the Child Victims Act in New York State?

What has been the impact to date of the Child Victim's Act on the Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America, who have been subject to numerous claims by victims?

What's the next step for victims of sexual abuse?

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