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New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, signs Adult Survivors Act into law

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New York State Governor, Kathy Hochul, has signed the Adult Survivors Act (S66A/A648A) into law.

This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday May 24, 2022.

According to the statement, the bill, which was sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, would create a one-year lookback window for any survivor whose statute of limitations has expired to sue their abusers in civil court.

Speaking about the bill, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi,  said, “Today is a testament to the power of survivors. After years of relentless advocacy by survivors and advocates, the Adult Survivors Act has been signed into law– putting power back in the hands of adult survivors by giving them the opportunity to hold both their abusers and the institutions that protected them accountable in the courtroom. 

"Today is a watershed moment for our state, as we work to build a legal system that centers survivors and their experiences."

Biaagi added, "I could not be more grateful for the activists, survivors, bill champions Senator Hoylman and Assemblymember Rosenthal, as well as Safe Horizon for spearheading this movement and to Governor Hochul for prioritizing survivor-centered legislation. 

"The Adult Survivors Act will bring us one step closer to achieving survivor justice in New York.”

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