New York Adult Survivors Act Opens  1 Year Window for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse to Bring Civil Claims Against Abusers 

On May 24, 2022, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law the Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which creates a one-year lookback window for survivors of instances of sexual assault that occurred when they were over 18 years old to sue their abusers, regardless of how much time has passed since the abuse occurred.

 

Similar to the Child Victims Act, passed in 2019, the ASA expands the ability of victims of sexual abuse to file a lawsuit against their alleged perpetrators, regardless of when the offenses occurred or if the applicable statute of limitations period has expired.  

Any sexual abuse claim by a person who was at least 18 years old at the time the abuse occurred that was previously barred by the statute of limitations is “hereby revived.” Victims have a one-year lookback period during which they may file suit based upon these claims. The lookback period begins in November 2022, six months after the effective date of the ASA.

 

As with the NY State Child Victims Act, the new ASA will likely increase the number of claims filed against perpetrators of sexual abuse within institutions for negligent hiring, supervision, and retention.  

Call Me (631) 942-1078 for further information

or Email Me Confidentially

Ms. Ahearn In The News

Ms. Ahearn is regularly featured in news articles and on television and is relied upon by the media to provide factual and up to date information.  She has been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC, CNN, CSPAN, ESPN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, BBC, NEWS12 and many more and has been quoted in hundreds of news articles across the nation including in Newsweek, the New York Times and international newspapers.  She has also had numerous opinion/editorial pieces published in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times. As seen on:

Laura Ahearn on NBC
Laura Ahearn on Fox News
Laura Ahearn on Inside Edition
CNN.PNG
Laura Ahearn on ABC News
Laura Ahearn on Good Day New York
Laura Ahearn on Good Morning America
Laura Ahearn on BBC
Laura Ahearn on the Today Show.PNG
Laura Ahearn on CBS News
Laura Ahearn on ESPN
Laura Ahearn on CSPAN
Laura Ahearn on MSNBC
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
Laura%20Ahearn%20_edited.jpg

3075 Veterans Memorial Highway 

Suite 200

Ronkonkoma, New York 11779

ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT

Copyright © 2021 Laura A. Ahearn

Fax: 631 913-1317 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER - This website and the information contained herein has been prepared by attorney Laura A. Ahearn solely for informational purposes and nothing contained in this website is intended for nor should it be construed as rendering legal advice to the person reading the website or creating a legal relationship.