New York Daily News
By Stephen Rex Brown
July 9, 2019
Women who accuse Jeffrey Epstein of abusing them as minors can soon sue him under a new state law that will be used to compensate victims of sex abuse by priests.
Alleged Epstein victims are eligible under the Child Victims Act to bring civil claims against the perv financier for one year starting mid-August.
The feds said Epstein abused girls as young as 14 between 2002 and 2005, meaning his alleged victims are likely now in their late 20s or older.
Safe Horizon, which advocated for the act for over 10 years, said it was planning a larger awareness campaign next month when the window for claims opens.
“The CVA at its heart is about increasing avenues to justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in New York State. This applies whether survivors were abused by clergy, by teachers, by coaches, or by billionaires,” Safe Horizon Vice President of Government Affairs Michael Polenberg said.
“While we are pleased that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District is bringing new charges forward, we recognize that some survivors may also choose to file civil claims against Mr. Epstein for the heinous crimes he is being charged with committing. Thanks to the Child Victims Act, this option — long denied to survivors over the age of the 23 — is now available.”
The Daily News advocated for the act, which reformed the statute of limitations for cases of child sexual abuse. Gov. Cuomo signed it into law in February.