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The ruling against Prince Andrew is another win for the Child Victims Act's lookback window - Erie News Now

The ruling against Prince Andrew is another win for the Child Victims Act's lookback window - Erie News Now
By Eric Levenson, CNN

" The concise rejection represents a clear message from the courts: The Child Victims Act, the basis for Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit against Prince Andrew, is here to stay.Enacted in 2019, the Child Victims Act created a one-year lookback window -- later expanded to two years due to the pandemic -- in which victims of child sexual abuse could file a civil lawsuit against a person or institution, no matter how much time had passed since the abuse.The idea of the Child Victims Act was that many victims of child sexual abuse take years to publicly speak about their traumas, and this law would give them an opportunity to finally have their day in court.Why the judge upheld the Child Victims Act The prince's attorneys had pushed to get Giuffre's lawsuit dismissed and put forth several arguments to do so.

One of those was that the Child Victims Act was unconstitutional because it violated due process rights for those accused of wrongdoing.He described the Child Victims Act's lookback window as a "reasonable measure to address an injustice and well within the bounds of the new legal standard articulated shortly before its passage.

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