NEW YORK (AP) - The governor signed the "Child Victim’s Act" into law extending the statute of limitations so sexual abuse victims have more time to seek criminal charges against their abusers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined by the survivors of convicted abuser Larry Nassar -- the former doctor to many well-known gymnasts.
In addition to giving molestation victims more time to come forward, the law will also open a one-year window for lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations.
“But the bill, to me, does something else that is frankly more important. This bill brings justice to people who were abused. The bill rights the wrongs that went unacknowledged and unpunished. And that compounded the pain,” said Cuomo.
State lawmakers approved the legislation last month