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Sponsors and supporters of the Child Victims Act hope this is the year for justice

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Advocates for the Child Victims Act are once again calling on state legislators to reform the statutes of limitation on justice sought by child sex abuse victims.

Outspoken reformers such as Bridie Farrell, an Olympic speedskater and advocate for sexually assaulted children in New York, shared her own story of abuse, which shocked the sports world a few years ago.

“If you’re like most New Yorkers, you probably have happy, positive memories of the Capital Region, Saratoga’s race tracks and the Olympic sights in Lake Placid,” Farrell said. “For me those happy memories are overshadowed by childhood sexual abuse nightmares.”

Farrell was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child by her trainer, Andy Gabel, in 1997 and 1998.

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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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Lawsuit: Archdiocese, Boy Scouts knew of abuse

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A lawsuit naming the Boy Scouts of America as a defendant in a child sex abuse case that allegedly occurred on Guam decades ago, and involving a former scout and altar boy, was filed in the Superior Court of Guam yesterday.

While previously filed lawsuits named the Archdiocese of Agana as a defendant in similar lawsuits alleging abuse of former altar boys, yesterday’s filing was the first recent child sex abuse case on Guam to directly name the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council as defendants.

Anthony “Tony” Flores, 55, a former altar boy and boy scout, alleges in the lawsuit he reported sexual abuse to the archdiocese when he was 16, but was told to “be quiet.”

 In addition to the Boy Scouts of America and the archdiocese, the lawsuit also names the alleged abuser, Louis Brouillard, a former priest who served on Guam, as a defendant.

The Yona resident alleges Brouillard used his position as a Catholic priest and Boy Scout leader to sexually abuse him when he was 16 “multiple times in multiple occasions,” including at an annual Boy Scout Jamboree and in a car while traveling to a baptism and other church-related activities. Brouillard was assigned to the San Vicente Ferrer Catholic Church.

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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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I know where there’s a dangerous sex offender… and I can’t tell you

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I know where a dangerous sex offender lives. He’s not registered under Megan’s Law. He can pass a background check. I believe he is still abusing kids. I know where he meets them, and I know where he abuses them. There is nothing I can do to stop him. And it’s killing me.

I know this abuser is dangerous because when I was a child he sexually abused me. I didn’t tell anyone, because he’s part of my family and I didn’t want to cause strife. As I became an adult I thought I could ignore my past and practice forgiveness. Then I heard that he had sexually abused another little girl. Her family didn’t want her to endure the trial, they didn’t cooperate with the police, and the case died. That compelled me to press charges on my abuser and spare other children. Then I learned that at the tender age of 24 I was too old to press charges on a man who had raped me. New York’s Statute of Limitations on the crime had closed.

As I grow older, I heal. I’ve attended hundreds of support groups and met thousands of survivors. I learned that my story is common. 1 in 5 children are sexually abused1. It takes them an average 21 years before they can disclose their abuse2 .So by the time most survivors can talk about their abuse they can’t take legal action against their abuser. That’s wrong, and also dangerous to children.

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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.

Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.

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Mark Your Calendars! Feb. 22 is the day to protect kids

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Feb. 22,  7:00-8PM

SUNY Brockport Metro Center

55 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14604

 

Panel Discussion on eliminating the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

 

On Wednesday Feb. 22 there will be a panel discussion with local experts on child sexual abuse regarding the Omnibus Child Victims Act, a bill that will eliminate the Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse that currently keep most victims from having their day in court.

There will be a showing of the short film “Confession”, followed by a Question and Answer of panelists including Melanie Blow, COO of the Stop Abuse Campaign, survivor and an expert on the bill, Wendy Malsegna, a forensic investigator for crimes against children, and Robert Way who works at the Bivona Child Advocacy center after years of working for Child Protective Services and law enforcement.

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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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Will New Jewish Effort Force New York To Change Sex Abuse Laws at Last?

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Sara Kabakov had never done this before. Never driven three hours from her home in Ithaca, N.Y., to the state capitol in Albany nearly 200 miles away, never tried to enter the mosh pit of lobbying lawmakers, never thought of herself as a political activist.

But there she was yesterday at the capitol, seeking an audience with her state senator, meeting with other legislators, learning from other advocates, all in service of persuading them to protect victims of child sexual abuse.

She was moved to do this by a simple act of bravery: Last January, Kabakov shared her own story of sexual abuse at the hands of Marc Gafni, the former rabbi and spiritual guru. “I am the woman Gafni molested when she was 13 years old,” she wrote in an exclusive essay for the Forward. “This is the first time I am telling my story in my own name.”

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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.

Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.

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Victims Still Healing From Child Sex Abuse Scars Could Soon Find Justice

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. —  A proposal which would waive the statute of limitations on prosecutions of people who’ve abused children, and allow victims to sue abusers up to 50 years after the attack took place, is long overdue, say advocates for victims of child sexual abuse, like Jill Knittle.

Knittle was abused for six years as a child, until she was 13. She didn’t tell friends until she was in her 20s, and didnt talk openly about it until her 40s. That’s often the case, as victims struggle internally every day.

“It’s definitely a grieving process, because you lost your childhood way too early,” Knittle said.

“What we really know about sex abuse is one in 10 children, by the time they turn 18, will suffer from some form of sexual abuse, but less than one in 10 report it as a child,” said Mary Whittier, executive director of Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

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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.

Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.

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On MLK Day, I stand for the abused and all marginalized groups

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It’s been one of my life’s missions to fight for the rights of children who have been sexually abused, because, after all, I was abused, too. But I remember recently telling a friend and fellow survivor of child sexual abuse, while getting ready to speak at a rally at the New York State Capitol on The Omnibus Child Victims Act, that 0503-martin-luther-king-quotessometimes, advocating for our rights in modern times feels like fighting for freedom from slavery. And not that I would ever understand what being an African-American slave feels like, but I do understand what it’s like to be physically tormented, beaten, and sexually abused. Not to mention the fact that fellow advocates, Senators and  Assemblymembers have been fighting to eliminate the statue of limitations for child sexual abuse in New York for eleven years now. Repeating the same legislative process, year after year, is exhausting to those of us who grew up knowing nothing but humiliation and shame. Many times we feel as though we have to beg, cry, scream, and plead for our basic human rights – rights that were stolen from us as children. Thankfully, with the help of Governor Cuomo this year, I believe that things will be different. I want so badly to believe, and I will continue to fight for change.

Historically, the abused and marginalized are the ones who have always had to fight for a long time before they’ve seen any progress. And, with battered and sexually victimized children, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, slavery, and so forth, every marginalized group that has had to overcome extreme odds and oppression has had to do so at the hands of some “power” group. Mainly, the white conservative, and often narcissistic male heads this group. What gives him the power in the first place, or the expertise to keep things running the way they are, thus keeping the helpless, categorized as that – helpless?

The “broken” are the ones who have had to rise above, again and again, without very little resources or help, from the white, narcissistic male. There is no logical explanation for this, but simply, it is an ignorance and a belief system at play that simply cannot work anymore in our society. As with slavery and other marginalized groups, sexually abused children are treated as though they have no rights: they are voiceless and thrown into the adult world, not afforded an opportunity to receive justice. Most laws do not protect them, and trying to get them passed has been an overly long process. While I stood up in front of Senators, reporters, and fellow advocates and told my story and urged lawmakers to pass S809, I found it empowering, but at many levels, grossly demeaning – a reminder that I am one of those people, the less than, and I have to fight for basic rights while others go on about their lives, never understanding the true meaning of suffering.

It’s high time that we break down the egotistical walls that have kept the sufferers suffering, and the ignorant fat. If this country is ever going to become great again, we have to help one another, and that means coming to an equal playing field. In the words of Martin Luther King: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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.

Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.

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Former model Nikki DuBose just released her debut memoir, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, which details her recovery from a more than seventeen-year battle with child abuse, eating disorders, psychosis, body dysmorphic disorder, self- harm, and addictions, while dealing with the dark side of the modeling industry. She has been featured on television showsand networks such as The Doctors, The TD Jakes Show, CBS Los Angeles, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, and profiled in publications such as People, LA Times, Vogue UK, Esquire, and more. Nikki is also an executive board member of Peaceful Hearts Foundation and a celebrity ambassador for The Shaw Mind Foundation.

 

She worked alongside Assemblymember Marc Levine on California Assembly Bill 2539, which addressed the need for workplace protections andhealth standards in the modeling industry, and also recently contributed as an expert reviewer for Harvard University’s STRIPED program (Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders), helping craft their student lesson and their teaching lesson for the fall 2016 semester, which focused on modeling and eating disorders. Nikki is pursuing her degree in psychology, with the hopes of one day obtaining her Ph.D.

For more information, please visit her website, http://nikkidubose.com


State Rep. Mark Rozzi chosen as Reading Eagle Local Newsmaker of the Year

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Mark Rozzi’s defining moment of 2016 didn’t come in the halls of the state Capitol, where his signature piece of legislation was suddenly propelled into the spotlight.

It came at the supermarket deli counter.

Rozzi, a state lawmaker, had championed a plan to reopen a window for people sexually abused as children to sue those responsible. For the Muhlenberg Township Democrat, it was a chance to channel his struggle with the memory of being raped by a priest as a teen into fighting for his fellow victims.The proposal gained momentum, drawing long-silent victims out of the shadows to tell their stories. But when it was defeated in June, victims were devastated. And after a victim from Cambria County took his life, Rozzi began to question whether he was doing more harm than good.

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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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Advocates applaud Cuomo’s plan to help victims of child sexual abuse

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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.”

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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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Cuomo unveils plan for Child Victims Act that would do away with statute of limitation

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Stepping up to the plate for child sex abuse survivors, Gov. Cuomo weighed in Wednesday for the first time with his own plan to help victims seek legal recourse as adults.

Cuomo’s version of the Child Victims Act would do away entirely with the statute of limitations on prosecutions of those who abused children.

It would also allow victims to bring civil lawsuits for 50 years from when their attacks took place and would open up a one-year look-back window for survivors who under current law can no longer bring cases to do so.

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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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Governor Cuomo makes protecting New York children from sexual abuse a priority for 2017 Legislative Session

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New York, NY: Governor Cuomo announced today that protecting children from sexual abuse will be one of his priorities in 2017.  

Specifically, the governor wants to eliminate New York’s Statute of Limitations (SOL’s) for child sexual abuse in civil and criminal court and allow victims already affected by the SOL one year in which to file suit in civil court.

“Right now, 90% of the people who sexually abuse children never see a day behind bars because of New York’s Statute of Limitations on the crime. That’s wrong, that’s shameful, and that sentences more children to sexual abuse ” says Gary Greenberg, founder of the Fighting for Children Political Action Committee. “I applaud Governor Cuomo for his courage to stand up for victims of child sex abuse. I call on Majority Leader Flanagan, Speaker Heastie and IDC Leader Klein to work with us to pass this Child Victims act so that the prison doors will be closed for child serial rapist like Louis Van Wie who was only ever charged with two crimes but confessed to more than 300. It is time for New York to bring healing to our victims and protection to our children.”

Louis Van Wie was convicted for the sexual abuse of two children, but admitted to abusing 300 and over a hundred victims came forward who couldn’t press charges because of the Statute of Limitations.

“Sexually abused children suffer a lifetime of physical, mental, and emotional pain. It takes them, on average, 21 years to be able to talk about their trauma, and by that time New York’s Statute of Limitations bar most of them from court. The Omnibus Child Victims Act fixes that by ensuring victims have access to justice, predators are identified, and children are protected.” says Andrew Willis, CEO of the Stop Abuse Campaign.

The plan the Governor unveiled today would eliminate the criminal Statute of Limitations completely, lengthen the civil SOL to 50 years after the commission of the crime, and give victims who have already been barred from the courts one year in which to sue their abuser.

Some version of Statute of Limitations reform has been introduced every year in New York for at least a decade. While the concept of giving victims more time to press charges is generally popular with politicians and the public alike, the so-called “lookback window” that would allow victims already too old to press charges one year to sue their abuser, has been fought against fiercely by the Roman Catholic Church who have spent more than $2 million lobbying against the bill.

“This isn’t about attacking religious institutions. It’s about protecting children from sexual abuse by closing the loopholes that let 90% of sex offenders stay on the streets and off the registries, endangering children. People on the street get this. That’s what polls show, and that’s why a petition on the issue was able to pick up 30,000 signatures in a week.Governor Cuomo understands this and is willing to do what is necessary to pass this bill.” said Melanie Blow, COO of the Stop Abuse Campaign.

The change.org petition on the protectnykids.org website, that urges Gov. Cuomo to pass the Omnibus Child Victims Act, a bill introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman that is very similar to Cuomo’s proposed bill

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.

Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.

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WHY ARE REPUBLICANS ENABLING CHILD SEX ABUSERS?

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By Marci Hamilton

 

Republicans would do well to catch up to the rest of the culture on the issues of sex assault and child sex abuse. They are quickly being outpaced by a society that no longer is willing to wink at the rapist or child abuser.

Context for rape and child abuse no longer matters: The people are sick of child sex abuse and sex assault, period, whether it occurs in the religious, sports, school, university or family arena. Smart politicians are seeing that this is a scourge with no political preference.

Yet, too many Republicans—with rare exceptions like Representative Jason Spencer of Georgia and Representative Deborah Hudson of Delaware—are responsible for blocking simple legislative change that would identify the hidden predators and provide justice to victims. And they are doing it for all the wrong reasons.

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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.

Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.

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