The one-year window made possible by the Adult Survivors Act, which was signed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul in May 2022, came to a close this month.
As announced at the time, the Adult Survivors Act’s “one-year lookback window” started six months after the date of signing and was applicable regardless of when the alleged abuse happened. During that period, per New York Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal, courthouse doors were “flung open so you can confront your abusers and seek the justice that was too long denied you.”
In recent months, lawsuits against NYC Mayor Eric Adams and others have made headlines. Below, we take a look at Adams’ suit and other instances of Adult Survivors Act legal action involving public figures. According to stats cited by the New York Times this week, over 3,000 civil suits were filed during the one-year window, including those against prisons and hospitals in the state.