Victims of Sexual Abuse Ages 18+ Can Seek Justice Under Adult Survivors Act

The New York State Senate passed the Adult Survivors Act creating a one-year look back window for survivors of sex crimes who were 18 years of age or older at the time these crimes were committed. Victims that have had justice denied them as a result of New York's formerly insufficient statutes of limitations will be given the opportunity to seek civil redress against their abuser, or their abuser's enablers, in a court of law.

In 2019, the Senate Majority passed the Child Victims Act that created a one-year look back to those who were under the age of 18 when abused. The Adult Survivors Act continues the Senate Majority’s commitment to the victims of sexual abuse.

“Since we passed the Child Victims Act in 2019, we have seen and heard emotional testimony from people who also experienced abhorrent sex abuse into adulthood. Government has a responsibility to stand up for the survivors of these crimes,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “I am proud that we are taking that next step by providing the same justice to those who were 18 years of age or older when these crimes were committed. I've been proud to work with Senator Brad Hoylman, who has championed and shepherded this legislation, and that we are getting it done.” 

Bill Sponsor, Senator Brad Hoylman, said, “Adult survivors f serial sexual assaulters like Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Dr. Robert Hadden have been shut out of our courthouses by inadequate statutes of limitations. That ends now. In 2019 we passed the Child Victims Act, which has helped more than 6,000 sexual assault survivors seek justice. The Adult Survivors Act extends that exact same opportunity to thousands more survivors, letting them hold their predators accountable in court. For far too long our justice system has failed survivors of sexual assault, the passage of the Adult Survivors Act is a powerful step to fix that historic wrong.”

Read the Senate Majority Release.

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