NY Gov. Hochul signs bill to help adult sex abuse survivors

Adult abuse survivors can sue their attackers over decades of assault under bipartisan legislation set to be signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday.

The Adult Survivors Act applies to cases involving people who were 18 years of age or older at the time of the attack, while the Child Victims Act, passed by the legislature in 2019, applies to cases involving individuals younger than that.

Survivors have said a rear window created by the Child Victims Act allowed them to pursue justice against attackers and institutions that protected them, such as the Catholic Church.

Abuse survivors are hoping for similar relief after pioneering the way to get the bill past opposition in the assembly, according to Assemblyman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) and State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) , who sponsored the bill in their chambers .

“Seeing the sense of relief in the eyes of the survivors is really why I started this endeavor in the first place, because … Not only did they carry this heavy burden of their own horrific assault and rape in many cases, they carried theirs as well.” Last for the an unspoken number of victims out there who have not spoken out,” Rosenthal told the Post in the morning after the bill passed her chamber Monday night.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate last month.

Kathy Hochul
The Adult Survivors Act applies to cases of people who were 18 years of age or older at the time of the attack.
New York Governor’s Office via AP
Senator Brad Hoylman with Rep. Linda Rosenthal
Senator Brad Hoylman and Rep. Linda Rosenthal address a news conference at the corner of 64th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.
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State legislatures extended the statute of limitations for many crimes in 2019, but those changes didn’t apply retrospectively, which supporters of the Adult Survivors Act felt was necessary.

Rosenthal said a unique opportunity under the new law to seek civil damages could bring solace to survivors, whether they end up pursuing a lawsuit or not.

“They can sit with the knowledge that this path is open to them if they so choose,” she said.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/24/ny-gov-hochul-signs-bill-to-help-adult-sexual-abuse-survivors/ NY Gov. Hochul signs bill to help adult sex abuse survivors

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