As a nationally recognized lawyer and founder of Herman Law, Jeff Herman has dedicated his life to taking a stand for children who have been sexually abused. He does so by representing them in court, and urging legislation to be mindful of the benefits certain bills may have in store for children that become victims of sexual abuse. The Child Victims Act is currently one of the bills that holds the spotlight. If passed, the Child Victims Act would eliminate both criminal and civil statutes of limitations in child sexual abuse cases that take place in New York State.

Individuals who recognize the benefits of this bill are part of a coalition called “New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators,” and the cause that they are constantly fighting for is now being endorsed by stars such as actor Corey Feldman and Team USA volleyball player Sarah Powers-Barnhard. Just like Herman, these are people fighting for the vital growth of community advocacy in attempt to harness the prevention of these crimes that too often ruin children’s lives.

As the law stands now, after the age of 23 the court will no longer hear cases against the perpetrator brought by those individuals who survived child sexual abuse. With the Child Victims Act, individuals wishing to press charges would now have 50 years in civil cases to bring the case against their abuser to the courts. Overall, supporters of the Child Victims Act truly understand that the effects of sexual abuse are often a life-long battle for many who fall victim to this heinous crime.

Time is of the essence in cases of child sexual abuse; cases that Herman works hard to not only defend, but also prevent. If Republican Senate passes the Child Victims Act it would allot for significantly more time for the cases to be heard, and therefore more time for Jeff Herman to do his job.

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