Child sexual abuse is a national issue, and throughout the country, legislators are rewriting, discarding, or introducing new legislation to protect children and others who are victims of sexual abuse. The State of New York has introduced a Senate bill, S.809 that will dramatically rewrite New York statutes regarding the issue of child abuse. Known as the Child Victims Act, the bill introduced by Brad Hoylman who represents Manhattan would effectively eliminate both the criminal and civil statutes of limitations, extending the window to bring civil action lawsuits before the courts from one year to 50 years.
A coalition of New Yorkers called “New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators” received a boost in their efforts to get the legislation passed when two high-profile individuals joined their cause. Actor Corey Feldman and Team USA volleyball player Sarah Powers-Barnhard are lending their voice to this effort. Ms. Powers-Barnhard is herself a survivor of abuse. She is advocating for the legislation so the voices of the abused children can be heard.
Attorney Jeff Herman supports legislation that does not shield predators. He is a staunch advocate for survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation. As founder and manager of Herman Law located in Boca Rotan, Florida, Jeff and his team of attorneys have represented more than 1,000 clients. He has been featured on TV (CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC) and in print (New York Times, Miami New Times), bringing the issue of sexual predation out of the shadows. Sexual predators are shrouded in secrecy and silence, so by being vocal about the issue, Jeff advocates for victims who are often too afraid or intimidated to speak on their behalf. Jeff becomes their voice.
Jeff Herman and Herman Law have represented clients throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to fighting for victims in courts of law, he volunteers to provide professional development and training for other attorneys and law enforcement officers, and he has trained victim-witness liaisons on how to communicate effectively with victims of abuse.