The CVA and the Political Whores who Brokered Victims for Votes

“Often it isn’t the initiating trauma that creates seemingly insurmountable pain, but the lack of support after.”
S. Kelley Harrell, Gift of the Dreamtime – Reader’s Companion



Lost Messiah, June 17, 2016

We cannot go far enough to express our disgust with the latest events within the New York State Senate. There are simply no adequate words that could diminish the weight of the vile behavior of many of our Senators and Governor Cuomo.

For many survivors of sexual abuse, the Child Victims act represented a redemption of sorts. Their experiences and feelings that followed would finally be lit by a light of support and validation. Child victims of sexual abuse would finally have an ability to seek pecuniary damages, for years after their 18th birthdays, albeit after-the-fact. They would likely be saving hundreds of children that followed not only from abuse but from the shame of having been abused.

The Child Victims Act was vigorously fought by organizations related to the Catholic Church and by numerous Jewish organizations who argued that it would place Yeshivas in financial peril years after abuse. These are the same Yeshivas which have turned a blind eye, benefited financially from donations to do so, and allowed the abuse to continue.

In our view, those within the Yeshivas who have hidden abuse deserve to be castrated. The Yeshivas currently hiding or which have hidden abuse  (see letters to Rabbi Dratch, amongst others by Erik Aiken of and articles by Frum Follies), deserve to be financial drowned. It is the least we owe the children.

And the financial implications really are not the pivotal issue for victims. Many victims want to be able to prosecute the abusers after they turn 18 and are old enough to deal with the destruction that has befallen them. In only small measure has this ever been about the money for victims. It has in larger part been about punishing serial sex abusers and making certain that those abusers cannot damage more lives.

For the Yeshivas and Church organizations it is about the financial implications, children’s lives be damned.

Senator John Flanagan, who we have criticized for his political whoring on this issue is one of many who rely heavily on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish block vote to strengthen his political hold of his Senate seat. He has daughters; so we find his position on this nearly unfathomable. Governor Cuomo has proven himself a block vote puppet countless times now; and we only hope that during the next election cycle people vote ANYONE BUT CUOMO into office.

Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point during a meeting on tax cut proposals in the Red Room at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo has proposed cutting the state’s corporate income tax from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent and eliminating it altogether for upstate manufacturers. He also has proposed paying more state aid as an incentive to any of New York’s 10,500 local governments that impose hard 2 percent spending caps and cut their costs by consolidating services with other towns, villages, cities and counties. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)


N.Y. Legislature tackled some big issues — but not for victims – NY Daily News // //

New York Legislature passed laws on boozy brunches, cremated cats and hunting for her — but squat for sex abuse victims

N.Y. Legislature tackled some big issues — but not for victims – NY Daily News // //

Kathryn Robb, a child sex abuse survivor and advocate, was flabbergasted.

“It’s more important to fashionably dress female hunters than it is to protect children from sexual abuse and give victims of sexual abuse justice?” Robb said. “Wow. That is something much greater than outrageous.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders, who couldn’t come to terms on a bill for sex abuse victims, did agree on legislation that would allow restaurants to begin serving alcohol on Sundays at 10 a.m., instead of the current noon requirement

The Legislature also passed a bill that would let the cremated remains of dogs and cats be buried with their owners.

Gov. Cuomo leaves Child Victims Act off legislative outline

Another bill that passed both houses would allow college students under 21 enrolled in programs involving the agriculture, hospitality and beverage industries to partake in tastings at off-campus wineries, distilleries and breweries as long as they are supervised by an instructor.

Gary Greenberg, an upstate investor who was sexually abused as a child, called it “depressing” and a “slap at all the victims” that the Legislature had no trouble passing more frivolous bills while leaving abuse survivors hanging.

Activist Gary Greenberg raised $100,000 to push for passage of the Child Victims Act.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

“The reason the Legislature passes meaningless bills is to build up their voting records to cover the fact they do nothing on the real issues,” Greenberg said. “The feelings victims have is that by not passing the Child Victims (Act), they are being revictimized by the Legislature.”

In a bitter irony, even as some lawmakers were against the Child Victims Act because they oppose opening a window to revive old sex abuse cases, the state Senate Thursday gave final passage to a bill that leaves open a separate window that allows Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange to bring lawsuits even though the statute of limitations for such cases expired in 1985.

In explaining his support for the bill, Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) pointed out the hypocrisy of the situation.

Kathryn Robb, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by her brother, pushed legislators to pass the Child Victims Act.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

“Just as Vietnam veterans were exposed to Agent Orange through no fault of their own, we have kids who are exposed to predators at no fault of their own,” said Hoylman, the Senate sponsor of the Child Victims Act. “I hope this chamber takes up the Child Victims Act before it’s too late.”

‘Spotlight’ actor joins advocates against N. Y. child abuse law



‘Spotlight’ actor joins advocates against N. Y. child abuse law – NY Daily News // //

‘Spotlight’ actor joins advocates to strengthen New York’s child sex abuse law

‘Spotlight’ actor joins advocates against N. Y. child abuse law – NY Daily News // //

Neal Huff was waiting in line at a Westchester post office earlier this year when a clerk recognized him as the actor who played dogged victim advocate Phil Saviano in “Spotlight,” the Academy Award-winning film about The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal.

The clerk had a big smile on his face as he announced that he was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Huff said that kind of openness is necessary to change laws that prevent victims from seeking justice.

“That is the only hope this issue has, if people talk about it,” the actor said. “Awareness is the tool we need to change these laws, because the laws will not get changed without public outcry. It is mind-boggling to think of how far back New York is on this issue.”

Huff has teamed up with Saviano to ensure the public outcry sparked by “Spotlight” doesn’t wane once the closing credits end.

Child-sex abuse bill unlikely to pass before legislature breaks

The actor and the activist marched across the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this month, along with hundreds of other survivors and supporters, to encourage lawmakers to repeal the statutes of limitations on sex abuse cases in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

They traveled to Albany last month to lobby for passage of a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations in New York, which bars victims from pursuing criminal charges or civil lawsuits after their 23rd birthday.

Huff and Saviano will also appear together at SNAP’s (the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests) annual conference in Chicago later this month.

Saviano, 63, and Huff have forged a deep friendship. Saviano said he was impressed because while the New York actor understood that he would be playing the Massachusetts activist in the film, he would be standing in for millions of other abuse victims who have been denied their day in court.

Child victims will march to demand window for justice, protection

Child sex abuse survivor Phil Saviano (blue jacket), marched across the Brooklyn Bridge calling for passage of the Child Victims Act.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

“Right from the get-go, Neal understood that he would be representing not only me but all those other clergy abuse victims,” Saviano said.

Saviano said he was repeated molested by Father David Holley, beginning in 1964 when he was just 11-years-old. The abuse continued for 18 months until Holley mysteriously disappeared from Saviano’s Douglas, Mass., parish.

Holley, also accused of sexually abusing children in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, was sentenced to up to 275 years in prison in 1993. He died behind bars at age 80 in 2008.

Saviano, who was diagnosed with AIDS, got an attorney — Eric MacLeish, played by Billy Crudup in “Spotlight” — who eventually negotiated a $12,500 settlement with the Diocese of Worcester. The agreement did not bar Saviano from speaking publicly about the abuse.

Gov. Cuomo leaves Child Victims Act off legislative outline


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