Attorney Michael S. Lamonsoff Calls for the Immediate Extension of the Adult Survivors Act in New York
The Adult Survivors Act (ASA) lookback window is quickly coming to a close, with the impending deadline to file an adult sexual assault civil case in the state of New York closing on November 23, 2023. Today, one of New York’s top sexual assault and abuse attorney’s, Michael S. Lamonsoff is calling on lawmakers to extend the ASA.
Mr. Lamonsoff stated, “I believe the ASA should be extended for at least another 6 months, allowing additional time for survivors to come forward. It takes an amazing amount of courage, and I’m sure many victims are still weighing this painful decision.”
With over 2,000 victims bravely coming forward since May of 2022, the ASA has successfully offered respite from the years of anguish and pain they have faced. This law empowered survivors to finally reclaim their long-denied control, emerging from the shadows, and pursing justice against those responsible for sexual assault and abuse.
Mr. Lamonsoff continued, “A mere one-year reprieve and any compensation that may follow will forever remain inadequate in the face of the immense suffering these survivors have endured. I take great pride in fighting for each one of the courageous individuals that have retained me to be their voice.”
This deadline does not affect sexual assault victims whose civil cases are still eligible under the statue of limitations laws in NY. Adult survivors now typically have 20 years in which to file a claim if the sexual assault took place when they were 18 or over.
Mr. Lamonsoff, also known as ‘The Bull’ for his relentless pursuit of justice for his clients, concluded by saying: “It’s imperative our legislators take more decisive action to safeguard individuals of all ages from the horrors of sexual abuse and sexual assault. That’s precisely why I’m embarking on my next crusade against the culprits and organizations involved in Human Sexual Trafficking. I won’t rest until these heinous crimes are completely eradicated and those responsible are brought to justice.”