2022-11-24 16:34:10

New York Adult Survivors Act allows lawsuits for decades-old abuse claims

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Victims of sexual abuse in the US state of New York can now sue over decades-old allegations.

The Adult Survivors Act, which came into effect on Thursday, allows a one-year period for victims to file lawsuits that would have otherwise exceeded the statute limitations.

Writer E Jean Carroll was among the first to sue under the act, in her case against Donald Trump, whom she accuses of raping her in the 1990s.

Mr Trump has denied her allegations.

Ms Carroll, a writer, alleges the attack took place in a New York luxury department store dressing room 27 years ago.

New York's Adult Survivors Act allows victims to come forward if the sexual assault occurred when they were over the age of 18 and took place on a date that exceeds time limit that exists on most felonies.

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