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Stand with Survivors Because Trauma Takes Time. Pass the Adult Survivors Act!

“Why did it take you so long?” That’s what sexual assault survivors hear all too often. At Safe Horizon, we never ask that question. Instead, we say something far more important: I believe you. We know that Trauma Takes Time.

  • The brain and body process trauma on their own timetable. Readiness to come forward can take months, years, and even decades.
  • There are many reasons survivors of sexual assault may wait to come forward. When survivors do come forward, it’s often because the silence is taking a terrible toll on their lives.  
  • At Safe Horizon, when someone tells us, “I was sexually assaulted and no one believes me,” we’re often the first people to say, “We believe you.” 

Survivors need to pursue justice on their timeline, however today’s law in New York State is out of synch with the science we know about why Trauma Takes Time. That’s why we’re fighting for this crucial new legislation in New York: the Adult Survivor’s Act (ASA). 

Right now, the short statute of limitations that most adult survivors face means many have nowhere to go to hold their abusers accountable. But together, we can change that.  Will you join us and stand with survivors?

Donate Now to Support Safe Horizon’s Advocacy Efforts
Please make a gift now to strengthen Safe Horizon’s voice in Albany – and to let all survivors know you’re with them and they’re not alone.  Support of caring community members like you enables our advocacy efforts in Albany to pass the ASA.  Since 1978, Safe Horizon has been fighting for healing and safety through policy and budgetary advocacy.

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Learn More About the ASA
Safe Horizon’s advocacy was instrumental in the passage of the New York Child Victims Act. Now, we’re working to get this second vital piece of legislation passed so that more of New York’s sexual assault survivors can obtain justice.

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