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.
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