New York Adult Survivors Act
On April 26, 2022, the New York State Senate voted in favor of the “Adult Survivors Act.” This legislation removes the statute of limitations for claims related to sexual assault and sexual abuse cases within the state. if If this passes the New York State Assembly and is signed by the governor, it will remove a massive impediment to those who have suffered far too long without relief.
The NY Adult Survivors Act Builds on the New York Child Victims Act
In 2019, New York enacted legislation known as the New York Child Victims Act. This law, effective August 14, 2019, empowered thousands of victims of child sexual abuse to come forward years, even decades, after their abuse.
Whether the victim was:
- Sexually abused by a priest,
- Sexually abused by a minister,
- Sexually abused by a rabbi,
- Sexually abused by a teacher,
- Sexually abused by a boy scout leader, or
- Sexually abused by any other individual,
they would now have the opportunity to bring an action both for closure as well as financial compensation.
It is estimated that since the law passed, and was scheduled to expire in August 2021, that more than 10,000 lawsuits were filed by victims of sexual abuse.
Seek Justice and Protect Your Rights
No one can undo the horrors of sexual abuse. However, those responsible can be held accountable. In years past, short statutes of limitations did not afford the victims, often dealing with trauma for years or decades, an adequate opportunity to come forward. Others were so young that the statute of limitations would pass before they were capable of taking action.
If you were a loved one was sexually abused by a priest, minister, rabbi, teacher, scout leader or any other person, we can help. You can speak with our lawyers confidentially and discretely, without any information being shared publicly. We will explain your options and help you decide if you should pursue a case and take the next steps in protecting your rights.
For additional information, please contact our attorneys today. All calls are strictly confidential. Call 800-403-6191 now.