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The New York State Legislature passed the Child Victims Act (CVA) in 2019, followed by the Adult Survivors Act (ASA) in 2022. Each statute created a "look back" period within which victims of sex abuse could bring previously time-barred claims against both (1) their abusers and (2) institutions legally responsible under various theories of secondary liability, including negligence in hiring, retaining and supervising the abuser. Thousands of CVA and ASA lawsuits have since been instituted, and—consistent with the statutes' purposes—most of those lawsuits deal with abuse allegedly committed many years ago.

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