NEW WINDOW FOR VICTIMS’ SUITS (In New York bill that would have major impact on church sex-abuse cases, accusers get more time to file claims)
Victims of childhood sexual abuse who have been turned away at the courthouse door when they tried to sue may finally get their day or year in court. Queens Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, flanked in Albany yesterday by those who said they were abused by
Roman Catholic priests when they were minors, is pushing the state Legislature to pass a bill she's sponsoring that would allow victims a one-time, one-year window to file claims that otherwise expired a long time ago. Under current law, an abuse victim has five years after he or she turns 18 to file a lawsuit.