How to Cope While Pursuing a Sexual Abuse Claim?

How long do I have to file a claim?

The recently passed New York Adult Survivor Act allows adult survivors of sexual abuse who were over the age of 18 at the time of the abuse to file a claim, regardless of when the abuse occurred, during a one-year lookback window from November 2022 to November 2023.

New York Adult Survivors ActImportance of the Act

This is important legislation as most adult-related sexual abuse claims have a 3-year statute of limitations in New York. This means that if a file wasn’t claimed within 3 years of the abuse, there was no opportunity to seek justice. The Adult Survivor Act provides a one-year lookback window for adult survivors to file a claim regardless of when the abuse occurred. 

Compensation for Survivors

By creating a one-year lookback window, the Adult Survivor Act gives survivors an opportunity to file a claim against their abuser, and receive compensation for the impact that sexual abuse has had on their lives. Sexual abuse effects can be significant, long-term, and far-reaching, including:

  • Loss of career opportunities
  • Emotional distress
  • Difficulty with other intimate relationships
  • Depression and anxiety

Along with monetary compensation, a successful sexual abuse case could pay for ongoing support for a survivor’s mental health, which could lead to improved quality of life socially, economically, and emotionally.


The emotional impact of sexual abuse

Sexual abuse violates a person physically and emotionally and in aspects of our lives that many people prefer to keep private.  


Sexual abuse counseling can play an important part in healing and recovery from the experience of abuse. It can be difficult for some survivors to begin counseling or therapy but there are many reputable organizations that can assist with the process.  


Coping with coming forward

While the emotional impact of coming forward can be difficult, it also provides a way to gain closure and hold sexual abusers responsible for their actions. Fortunately, there is a wide range of support resources available, regardless of being involved in a lawsuit.


In addition, ongoing care from a therapist can be an important part of healing. Group therapy, one-on-one sessions, and/or prescription medications are all options a survivor can consider to assist in their recovery.


Filing a lawsuit

If you have experienced sexual violence, an important first step to consider is contacting an experienced lawyer who can explain what legal options you have.  Our attorneys are ready to listen and provide you with a free, 100% confidential consultation.