NEW YORK - Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's estate is being sued under the Child Victims Act.
It's the first case against his estate under the law, and it was filed by a woman who said Epstein raped her when she was a teenager.
Hundreds of suits were filed Wednesday, which was the first day the legislation was in effect.
A number of the lawsuits are expected to be filed against the Catholic Church.
The clergy is just one institution being hit with lawsuits from men and women claiming abuse.
The Child Victims Act was pushed through by state legislators earlier this year.
It allows victims to sue their abusers or the institutions that may have protected abusers regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.
The measure also allows survivors to file a civil lawsuit until their 55th birthdays.
The previous age limit was 23.
Breakdown of the lawsuits filed (as of 5 p.m. August 14, according to the Office of Court Administration)
New York state: 427 cases
Outside New York City: 258
New York City total: 169
Staten Island: 3