Ali Boak, Fighting for Children PAC, and Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors Rally for Omnibus Child Victims Act
Mt. Kisco (August 31, 2016) Today elected officials, advocates, survivors, and the community came together at City Hall in Mt. Kisco to demand the New York State Senate pass the Omnibus Child Victims Act (S. 7296) and ask voters elect candidates who will support the passage of this bill.
“It is vital that the New York State Senate pass the Child Victims Act in January 2017. We must protect our children, not predators. I have seen first hand through my work to combat human trafficking, the lasting and devastating effects of child sexual abuse. It is time to protect New York children and put a stop to the statutes of limitations that shield child abusers from their responsibility,” says Alison Boak, lead organizer of the rally. Ali is a candidate for New York State Senate in the 40th State Senate District which includes parts of Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties and a longtime, internationally recognized expert on child exploitation and trafficking.
“Survivors and victims will do everything possible as promised to see Alison Boak as a Senator in New York,” stated Gary A. Greenberg of the Fighting for Children PAC. “Alison’s work in preventing child trafficking has allowed her to see first hand the devastating impacts of Child sex abuse. Alison is just the kind of leader the lower Hudson Valley needs in the NY State Senate”.
Under current New York State law, a victim of childhood sexual abuse must report that abuse or file a lawsuit against the parties responsible by their 23rd birthday. Since studies show that it takes a survivor an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse, the current law robs many survivors of their opportunity to seek justice.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 5 or 22% of America’s children are sexually abused, yet only 1 in 10 sexual abusers are convicted. The Omnibus Child Victims Act would eliminate the Statute of Limitations for new incidents of child sexual abuse and allow victims who have already been abused one year in which to sue their abuser or the facility that facilitated their abuse. This is important in preventing more cases of childhood sexual abuse as it will result in convicted sex offenders being placed on registries and limit their access to more children. Passing the Omnibus Child Victims Act is critical to protecting children, not abusers.
“Abuse takes a terrible toll on survivors. All of us are united by one thing, preventing what happened to us from happening to the next generation. Passing the Omnibus Child Victims Act is the best way to do that.” said Judi Russo, a child sexual abuse survivor. “It’s long past time for New York to protect it’s children from sexual abuse.”
“Over the ten years our elected leaders have been defeating this bill thousands of New York Children have been sexually abused. This bill ensures abusers are on sex offender registries and off New York’s streets. It’s that simple. The Omnibus Child Victims Act does that” said Andrew Willis, CEO of the Stop Abuse Campaign.
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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