Adult sex abuse survivors win 2nd chance to sue in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Adult sexual assault survivors who missed legal deadlines to sue their abusers would get a second chance to file lawsuits under a bill that received final approval Monday from New York’s Legislature.

Once it becomes law, the Adult Survivors Act would set give victims of sexual abuse a one-year window in which the state’s usual statue of limitations for civil lawsuits would be set aside.

The bill is modeled after New York’s now-expired Child Victims Act, which gave people a similar second chance to sue over sexual abuse they suffered as children. That window was initially scheduled to last for a year but was twice extended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By the time that widow closed, more than 9,000 lawsuits had been filed, many against institutions like churches, schools, camps and scout groups.

Advocates for abuse survivors had pushed for a similar lookback window for people abused when they were 18 or older.

“Sexual assault steals a piece of one’s soul whether one is 6, 16 or 60,” said the bill’s lead sponsor in the Assembly, Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat.

Adult sex abuse survivors win 2nd chance to sue in New York

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