May 16, 2016

Cohen Milstein's Michael Dolce, who was the victim of a sexual assault as a child and later led an effort to change Florida’s statute of limitations laws in 2010, was recently quoted in a NY Daily News article addressing the antiquated statute of limitations law for victims of child sex abuse in New York State.

As the NY state Senate and Assembly weigh legislation to eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases and give victims a one-year window to revive old cases, advocates contend the arguments put forward by the Catholic Conference and other critics just don’t measure up to reality. One argument is that extending the statute of limitations and granting a lookback window would spur a torrent of lawsuits and bankrupt religious organizations and groups like the Boy Scouts.

Dolce said that the same financial concerns were raised in the Sunshine State and “none of these dire predictions ever came to pass.” Instead, religious groups and other organizations that deal with children enacted better safeguards to prevent abuse, Dolce added.

“It’s not about making sure everybody gets sued,” Dolce said. “It’s about making sure everyone has the right incentive to take proactive steps to make sure kids do not get hurt.”

The full article can be read here