The New York State Assembly and Senate have recently passed the Adult Survivors Act. It is expected that the governor, Kathy Hochul, will sign the new bill. This bill extends the time that adult sexual abuse and assault survivors can file civil lawsuits. Survivors will have a one year window, even if statutes of limitations have prescribed on these cases, in which they can file civil lawsuits.
This article by the New York Times, New York Will Allow Adult Victims to Revive Decades-Old Sex Abuse Claims, details the history of this bill’s passage citing supporters for and opposition to the new law. Let’s hope other states follow New York’s lead.
Louisiana has a similar look-back window open right now for child sexual abuse survivors. As of August 1, 2021, Louisiana allows survivors of child molestation a three-year window to pursue allegations in civil court – regardless of how long ago the misconduct occurred.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused as a child at church, at school, in a healthcare setting, while participating on a sports team, or as a member of an organization, please contact us today for a confidential consultation about your situation.