New York Governor Kathy Hochul has recently signaled her support of the Adult Survivors Act, as it is currently called. The legislation, if passed, would create a one-year window to revive time-barred lawsuits for survivors of sexual abuse that were 18 years of age or older when the abuse occurred. Modeled after the Child Victims Act, which allowed a window for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits, the Adult Survivors Act would create the same opportunity for those victimized as adults to come forward and seek justice and compensation.
Under current New York law, a person who was sexually victimized while they were an an adult (18 years of age or older) cannot file a lawsuit if the statute of limitations has already expired. The Adult Survivors Act, recognizing the difficulty and obstacles in coming forward, would allow a one-year opportunity for these claims to be filed against the abuser as well as entities that may be responsible such as private corporations, religious and educational institutions and medical providers.
Our attorneys from Levy Konigsberg are closely monitoring the Adult Survivors Act as it moves through the lawmaking system in New York. If it is enacted into law, then it could be the first step in securing justice and compensation for countless people. We would be honored to get a chance to represent the men and women who can come forward with claims and lawsuits, just as we have done for countless sexual abuse clients in the past.
Be sure to check our blog frequently for more important updates about the Adult Survivors Act as they come. If you want to work with our firm or have questions about sexual abuse claims, contact us at any time. We can work with clients nationwide, not just in New York.