Hochul signs bill Tuesday giving adult sexual abuse survivors right to sue

Adult abuse survivors will be able to sue their assailants for decades-old attacks under bipartisan legislation set to be signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday.

The Adult Survivors Act applies to cases involving people who were 18 and older when they were attacked, while the Child Victims Act, passed by the Legislature in 2019, applies to cases involving younger people.

Survivors have said a lookback window created by the Child Victims Act allowed them to pursue justice against attackers and institutions that protected them, like the Catholic Church.  

Abuse survivors are hoping for similar relief after leading the way to get the bill past

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