Unprecedented Impact of the Adult Survivors Act on VictimsNovember 22, 2023
The Adult Survivors Act in New York is set to expire after Thanksgiving, ending the one-year look-back period for civil sexual abuse and harassment claims. This provision has allowed survivors to hold powerful individuals and institutions accountable for alleged misconduct that occurred years or even decades ago. Cases have been brought against prominent figures as well as institutions like Columbia University, leading to accountability and change. The expiration of the look-back provision does not mean a return to the old days of a short statute of limitations; instead, New York has expanded the limitation to 20 years, reflecting a broader national understanding of the impact of sexual abuse and harassment.