Sexual assault is one of the biggest crises facing modern America, this cannot be overstated. Every year, thousands of people, men and women, are victims of a sexual predator or rapist. Many times, a person will have to wait months, or even years, for recovery to come to themselves and their friends and loved ones. However, if they wait too long, they will never get justice. Hard to believe? Well, the state of New York has a statute in place which limits the timeframe for a victim to press charges or file a lawsuit for a sexual assault. This limit is five years. Or, if the accused is a part of an organization like a church or school, that time frame is limited to one year. However, this may change, as many people fight against this statute.
Among these fighters is Jeff Herman, founder and owner of Herman Law Firm. Herman has established himself as a standard for cases of sexual assault, rape, or sexual exploitation. Over the years, he has helped thousands of people. Herman has acted as both an advisory lawyer, as well as a trial lawyer, and has won numerous cases. Herman also prides himself on being able to act almost like a psychiatrist to patients, especially children, who have a much harder time coming to grips with the crimes carried against them.
Also amongst the fighters are the actor and activist Corey Feldman and Sarah Powers-Barnhard. Corey Feldman is well known for playing child characters in the 80s, in hits like The Goonies and Gremlins. Recently, Feldman has become a social activist, and his newest project is to rid the state of New York of this statute. Feldman is very passionate about the subject, saying “When it comes to childhood abuse, there is no way to get that light back.” Sarah Powers-Barnhard is a US international volleyball player, who, in her younger years was sexually assaulted by her coach, along with dozens of her teammates. She hopes to prevent the same happening to any other girl. With 90 percent of New York behind them, this statute may very well be overturned within the next few years.
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