Actor Corey Feldman, and volleyball star Sarah Powers-Barnhard, have now joined the push on Republicans to support a Democrat sponsored bill in the senate to pass the Child Victims Act. This act, will look to give more support and legal action to those affected by child abuse or rape. It was created by Manhattan Democrat Brad Hoylman, will look to allow a one year window for time barred civil action lawsuits for up to fifty years. The current law has some flaws, as if someone accuses someone of sexual abuse, they only have fire years to bring the case to court. The plaintiff also must be over 18, so they only have a window from 18-23 to bring the case. This current law allows for predators to at times get away if the victim doesn’t report the crime within the window. A coalition called “The New Yorkers Against hidden predators” is gaining speed, but needs full republican support. However, there is hope this will be possible, as a current Quinnipiac polls shows that over 90% of New Yorkers support it.
One of the key figures in the push for new legislation, and support for victims, is Jeff Herman, founder and partner of Herman Law. Jeff is a nationally recognized attorney that has built a career of twenty five years representing over one thousand people in cases of rape and sexual abuse. In 2011, he began to appear on CNN and FOX after a landmark one hundred million dollar case in which he prosecuted a Catholic priest who was accused of abusing his son. Other than just his case, he has represented clients of all ages, and is described as being aggressive and tireless. Having a good understanding of rape cases, he has been trained in forensic interviewing that has helped to minimize trauma and anxiety in victims. Feeling that advocacy is a key to solving the problem, his firm supports bills such as the one that has been pushed in New York as it adds accountability and a voice to those that do not have one.