Flood of lawsuits expected as window opens for adult survivors to sue in New York for sexual abuse
New York CNN —Adult survivors of sexual abuse now can sue their abusers in New York – even if the statute of limitations on their claims has expired – under a state law that goes into effect Thursday.
The new law gives adult survivors of sexual assault one year to file lawsuits against their perpetrators.
The measure mirrors the 2019 Child Victims Act that for two years temporarily expanded New York’s statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases, yielding nearly 11,000 suits, New York State Office of Court Administration spokesperson Lucian Chalfen said.
“Sexual assault is a highly traumatizing crime.
“Because of that, there are survivors who don’t even identify what happened to them as sexual assault until some time has gone by.
And there may be a lot of self-blame to grapple with, even though that self-blame is completely unwarranted,” she said.
It is important to give adult sex assault survivors an opportunity to seek recourse through the civil justice system, as they are often failed by the criminal justice system, Manning said.
“Under New York State law, a person in correctional custody is legally incapable of consent.
“Staff have an affirmative duty to report any knowledge, suspicion, or information regarding an incident of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, and any unauthorized relationship,” it said.
“Trump’s underlying sexual assault severely injured Carroll, causing significant pain and suffering, lasting psychological harms, loss of dignity, and invasion of her privacy.
Nearly 150 of those cases were settled before the Adult Survivors Act went into effect.
Hadden is due to go on trial next year on six counts of enticing and inducing victims to his medical offices in New York and subjecting them to unlawful sexual abuse from about 1993 to 2012, prosecutors have said; Hadden has pleaded not guilty.