The Child Victims Act: Cuomo in Bed with Agudah

A CULTURE OF PROTECTING SEXUAL PREDATORS, PERPETUATING ABUSE.

May 11, 2016

One would think that an act lifting the Statue of Limitations on sexual abuse would be a no-brainer. 130 Jewish Leaders now back it. Yet, Agudah Israel is strongly opposed and Governor Cuomo will not sign the bill into law.  And the reality is it should not just be a Jewish problem.

“Catholic schools have also piped up in terms of stating their opposition to the reformation of the statute of limitations. Speaking to the New York Daily News, Dennis Poust, a spokesman for the New York State Conference of Catholic Bishops said, “We still oppose the concept of a retroactive window for old abuse cases because of the difficulty in defending such old cases.”.

That response, the difficultly defending a case, is simply abuse-supporter speak for “Please, Governor Cuomo, don’t sign this into law. The child victims don’t need recourse.” Any opposition to this bill is in our view pro-abuse, nothing more, nothing less. The rest is just rhetoric.

The Jewish Voice Reports:

Gov Cuomo Silent on Markey Child Victims Act; Agudah Still Opposes Reformative Bill

 

Additional sources:

The New York Daily News:

Albany must act now to help child sex abuse victims seek justice

Dozens of child sexual abuse survivors from across the state descended upon the state capital last week to share with lawmakers their personal stories and the dire need to reform New York’s outdated statute of limitations for the crimes committed against them.

Unfortunately, their bravery seemed unappreciated by some who unceremoniously turned them away.

It wasn’t the first time that these survivors were ignored by the powerful. Hopefully, it will be one of the last.

With a little over a month left in this year’s legislative session, we have an opportunity to finally give these survivors their day in court and to ensure that future child victims of sexual predators aren’t denied theirs.

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER JOHN FLANAGAN SAYS LITTLE ON KID-RAPE LAW

The state Senate must seize this opportunity to pass an omnibus Child Victims Act that eliminates the criminal and civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes, allowing future victims to seek recourse against any individual who harms them and any public or private institution that covers up or enables the abuser.

Just as important, any bill we pass must create a one-year look-back period allowing survivors for whom the statute of limitations has expired the chance to file claims against their abusers. This is crucial for public safety because it will help identify predators who may still have contact with kids, as well as provide survivors a long-overdue opportunity for justice. We cannot and will not accept half measures. We need legislation that will protect our children and not simply give political cover to politicians.

SAUCY STATE SENATOR WHO PUSHED ASIDE SEX ABUSE VICTIMS FOR PIZZA PARTY COMPLAINS ABOUT DAILY NEWS STORY

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Catholics who support N.Y. Child Victims Act want justice

ALBANY — Not every Catholic believes efforts to reform New York’s statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases are driven by anti-church bias.

While Catholic League president Bill Donohue argues that’s the case, advocates of the Child Victims Act said Wednesday that their only interest was aiding the victims of predatory adults.

“This is an effort to show the other side of the Catholic Church, and to let legislators know that there are Catholics who are very much for passage of the Child Victims Act,” said Joann Venek, who traveled from Manhattan to lobby lawmakers to pass the bill.

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