For survivors of sexual assault in New York who were under 18, and before the Child Victims Act (CVA) was passed on January 28, 2019, the statute of limitations expires when they turn 23. If the abuse or assault happened after the CVA was passed, the survivor has until they are 55 to file a claim. For adult survivors, the statute of limitations in New York is generally three years. However, the recently-enacted Adult Survivors Act (ASA) also opens a one-year lookback period where the statute of limitations is suspended.
Contact us at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin, LLP for a free consultation if you have questions about the new legislation and would like further clarification and compassionate guidance.
As noted above, survivors in New York have been given an opportunity to file lawsuits against the perpetrators, even if it would normally violate the statute of limitations.
On November 24, 2022, the Adult Survivors Act (ASA) in New York went into effect, extending the window for adult survivors of sexual assault to pursue a civil action. If a person was sexually assaulted after turning 18, the ASA establishes a one-year lookback window whereby the three-year statute of limitations is suspended. In other words, even if the statute of limitations had previously expired, survivors now have an opportunity to file before November 23, 2023.
Sexual assault survivors in New York may be eligible to receive economic and non-economic damages. Examples of these types of damages that are commonly pursued include the following:
If you are a survivor of a sexual assault, then you have likely sustained significant physical, emotional, and financial trauma. While the legal system cannot undo what happened, it can help you achieve justice in the form of monetary compensation and hold your abuser accountable. This may provide peace of mind, some semblance of closure, and a genuine opportunity to rebuild your life.
Our New York sexual abuse and assault attorneys at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin, LLP suggest that you consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights and whether or not you are eligible to file a claim.
Our New York sexual abuse lawyers have been fighting for justice on behalf of injured victims for more than half a century. We have recovered over $2 billion in jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
If you have questions about the statute of limitations for sexual assault in New York, call today to schedule a free consultation; there is no obligation to hire us afterward. And since we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for your injuries. We look forward to hearing from you.