Along with the #metoo movement bringing a call for justice and accountability against rape and sexual abuse, it has also led to an increase in calls for legislation and accountability against sexual abuse with children. Currently, in New York State their is a growing push for republicans to support the “Child Victims Act.” This act is currently supported by celebrities such as actor Corey Feldman, and volleyball player Sarah Powers-Barnhard, along with a coalition called “New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators.” The senate bill, sponsored by NY Democrat Brad Hoylman, may be a move in the right direction as it would get rid of criminal and civil statutes of limitations in child abuse cases in the state of New York. It would also allow a one year window for time barred civil action lawsuits for up to fifty years. The current law only allows five years for a crime to be brought, and the plaintiff must be eighteen years of age. This means they will only have until the age of 23 to bring a case forward.
Jeff Herman is the founding member of Herman Law, and has been at the forefront of protecting the voice of those who have been survivors of rape, and sexual abuse. He is a nationally recognized attorney, who has appeared on CNN. In his twenty five year career, he has represented close to one thousand kids, women, and men, whom have suffered from a form of abuse. The case that brought Herman to the limelight, was the one hundred million dollar landmark case that prosecuted a father, and Roman catholic priest, who had abused his son. It was through his manner of hard work and perseverance, that Herman was able to win this case. It is noted that Herman is able to represent victims in an effective manner because of his forensic interviewing, in which he looks to minimize trauma and anxiety, while getting to the basics. It is through advocates such as Herman Law, that there is hope that adolescent sexual abuse and rape can be addressed, and those involved can be held accountable.