A federal jury’s verdict finding Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll may persuade others to bring cases against their alleged abusers under a New York law, advocates and state lawmakers say.
Ms. Carroll’s civil case against Mr. Trump marked the first high-profile test of the New York Adult Survivors Act, which opened a one-year window for people who say they were sexually abused as adults to file claims related to instances of rape, incest or sexual abuse, no matter when the alleged incidents occurred. Mr. Trump has denied wrongdoing.
“I can’t tell you the joy and the support that this signals,” said Ann Olivarius, who said she is working with dozens of women who may bring claims under the New York law. “Maybe society is ready now to start to tackle this problem.”