Albany, N.Y., May 28, 2021 / 13:15 pm
Those who were sexually abused as adults would be given a one-year window in which to sue perpetrators and institutions, even if the statute of limitations has expired, under a bill being considered in New York.
The New York State Catholic Conference told CNA they remain neutral on the bill.
The Adult Survivors Act would allow a one year window for adults victims to bring forward suits in cases which have passed the statute of limitations. Some sex crimes in the state have a five-year statute of limitations.
The bill is similar to the Child Victims Act, a state law passed in 2019 that created a one-year extension of the statute of limitations for old sex abuse cases. Originally scheduled to close in August 2020, the one-year period was extended due to the coronavirus pandemic and will close Aug. 14.