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In the State of New York, victims of child sex abuse have been able to seek recourse under the Child Victims Act. If the abuse occurred after the age of 18, however, a different statute of limitations applied, and victims had a shorter period to bring a civil case. Moreover, the window to bring a claim varied on the type of abuse perpetrated. This limited recourse for adult victims of abuse and prevented many from obtaining justice.

On March 24, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Adult Survivors Act into law. The Adult Survivors Act opens a 1-year window for adults that experienced abuse after the age of 18. This window opened on November 24, 2022, and will close on November 24, 2023. This brief window will go a long way to helping adult victims of sex abuse receive the compensation they need and continue on the path toward healing.

If you or someone you care about was a victim sexual abuse in the State of New York, contact our team of caring professionals today to learn about your legal rights.  Call today for a free, confidential consultation at: 1-888-407-0224 or use our confidential submission form.

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Shiwanni Johnson

Shiwanni began her legal career in civil litigation with a focus on employment discrimination and sexual harassment. At Crew Janci, Shiwanni litigates sex abuse cases, with a special focus on online sex abuse and nonconsensual dissemination. “One of the things that perpetrators try to take away from victims of sex abuse is the ability to participate fully in all areas of life. Justice for survivors means a reclaiming of that ability, on their terms. I am grateful to be a part of that journey.” In her free time, Shiwanni enjoys reading, doing crossword puzzles, skating with her dog—Cirrus, practicing her baking skills, and debating the pros and cons of an all-butter pie crust.