The Adult Survivors Act (ASA) is a New York State law that created a one-time, one-year lookback window for adult sexual assault survivors who were outside the statute of limitations. The one year look back window ended in November 2023. Many legal cases were brought under this law including several against prominent individuals.
Safe Horizon ran public awareness campaigns to tell survivors in New York about their rights under the ASA. Our experts shed light on this topic in several media articles.
Liz Roberts, CEO of Safe Horizon, talks with Ministry Watch: The Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors ‘Claim Revival’ Window Ended on Thanksgiving
Liz Roberts and Michael Polenberg, Safe Horizon’s Vice President Government Affairs talk to New York Times: A Final Wave of Sex-Abuse Lawsuits as One Year Window Closes in New York
Michael Polenberg talks to The Independent: The End of the Sexual Assault Law That Sent Shockwaves Through Every Industry
Michael Polenberg talks to Law360: Big Names Sued Under Adult Survivors Act As Window Closes
Michael Polenberg talks to Financial Times: New York Law Unleashes ‘Avalanche’ of Historic Sexual Abuse Claims
Michael Polenberg talks to Fortune: The “Groundbreaking” Law That Inspired Cassie and E. Jean Carroll to Seek Justice Is Expiring. Sexual Assault Survivors Need More Like It
Michael Polenberg talks to Politico: The Impact of the Adult Survivors Act
Michael Polenberg talks to News10 Albany: Adult Survivors Act Lookback Window Set to Expire Soon
Michael Polenberg talks to Newsday: Bulk of Adult Survivor Lawsuits Are Filed By Women Former Inmates
Michael Polenberg talks News12 Bronx: The Adult Survivors Act launched over 2,500 Sex Abuse Suits. Now, It’s Expiring
Liz Roberts talks to Associated Press: The Adult Survivors Act launched over 2,500 Sex Abuse Suits. Now, It’s Expiring
Michael Polenberg talks to NPR: What The Abuse Lawsuit Against Diddy, One of Hip-Hop’s Most Powerful Men, Means
Alternatives to Legal Action: Safe Horizon is Here to Help
At Safe Horizon we know that trauma takes time, and if you are a survivor of sexual assault you can consider sharing your story with anyone you feel safe with.
Speaking to a clinical professional, such as a counselor can also help. Safe Horizon’s Counseling Center works with survivors of crime in New York City. It does not matter when the victimization occurred, our staff will conduct an intake session and develop a recovery plan that works for you.
Our Community Program staff can also work with you to review your options including legal options and they can provide counseling and referrals.
If you are outside of New York City, you can contact the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) for a referral to resources in your area, that may include counseling. Your health insurance provider may also be able to help with a referral for counseling.
Regardless of whether you are located in New York City or elsewhere, and regardless if you are eligible to pursue legal action or not, please remember that only you can decide what is right for you, and that may be different from one survivor to another.