Adult Survivors Act Passes in New York; SNAP praises the strength of survivors

(For Immediate Release May 24, 2022) 

Adult Survivors Act Passes in New York; SNAP praises the strength of survivors


The Adult Survivors Act has passed in the NY State Assembly, 148-3, and is now headed for Governor Hochul’s signature today. This legislation is a window of time to allow individuals who were 18 or older when they were sexually assaulted in New York State to file a lawsuit against the person who harmed them and/or the negligent institution.

SNAP was honored to be part of an incredible coalition led by Safe Horizon and thrilled to be with survivors and advocates to celebrate the news from New York’s State Assembly. The announcement that the Assembly passed the Adult Survivors Act is a huge victory for survivors’ rights in New York.

To us, there can be no justice without truth. And unless someone rises to tell you the truth, justice will be hard to reach, survivors deserve every ounce of credit for making this possible for adult victims in New York, they are the ones who rose.  

We believe all survivors deserve to have their day in court and hope that other states will follow in New York’s footsteps and work on their own version of this important legislation. We hope that the passage of the ASA will encourage victims of sexual violence, no matter their age or where their abuse occurred, to come forward and seek the justice they deserve. And we hope that those who may have reported in the past but were ignored or fell victim to archaic, predator-friendly laws will find the strength to go through the process one more time to find healing. 

CONTACT: Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected] 267-261-0578) Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009) Shaun Dougherty, SNAP Board President ([email protected] 814-341-8386)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is

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