Advocates applaud Cuomo’s plan to help victims of child sexual abuse
Local supporters are reacting to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to step forward and assist child sex abuse victims.
Cuomo unveiled his 2017 policy initiatives in a book, which included a plan for the Child Victims Act. The proposal would do away with the statute of limitation on prosecutions of those who abused children. Further, it would allow victims to bring civil lawsuits for 50 years from when their attacks took place.
“It is a long time coming,” said Mary Whittier, executive director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center, “This is about what’s best for victims and survivors, not about what is best for defendants.”
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
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