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Melanie Blow of the Stop Abuse Campaign criticized the church’s actions.
“They are willing to spend limitless money in order to basically keep bad guys from being accountable for their actions,” Blow told the Daily News. “I think they’re doing it because they don’t want to have to pay out settlements.”
Advocates for child abuse survivors on Thursday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for a law that would make it easier for victims to sue, extending the statute of limitations long after the abuse occurred.
“I think everybody probably knows somebody has somebody who has been sexually abused as a child and they want action on it,” said gary Greenberg, a Greene County businessman.
“I am convinced that everything we do this year will get us closer to the result we want,” said Melanie Blow, of Stop Abuse Campaign. “It is horrible that we have a building full of politicians who think protecting children will cost them an election. I think that shows where the problem is.”
Child abuse victims and their advocates are going on the offensive after the Legislature failed yet again to pass the Child Victims Act (S.7296/A.9877) a bill that would make it easier for child abuse victims to seek justice.
There is no effective way to prosecute child sexual abuse while abusers are protected by a statute of limitations on the crime. Research proves survivors need an average of 21 years before they can talk about their abuse. Child sexual abuse is usually committed by someone the victim knows and trusts. That relationship allows the abuser to manipulate the child into years or decades of silence.
I hear stories about sexually abused children every day. That’s not easy, but what is harder is fighting the legislative apathy surrounding statute-of-limitations reform, the most significant legislative solution to the problem.
“They are willing to spend limitless money in order to basically keep bad guys from being accountable for their actions,” said Melanie Blow, chief operations officer of the Stop Abuse Campaign. “I think they’re doing it because they don’t want to have to pay out settlements.”
“New York State needs to do a better job protecting children and not their rapists,” said Andrew Willis, chief executive officer of the The Stop Abuse Campaign, which organized the electronic petition drive.
All child abuse is a matter of life and death. The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experience study shows all abuse and neglect changes how a child’s mind, brain, body and cells operate. Abused children who don’t die from abuse are more likely to die from suicide, homicide, overdoses, diabetes and other maladies.
Melanie Blow, an incest survivor who lives in Rochester and is a driving force behind the “Stop Abuse Campaign,” wants Erie County leaders to adopt, among other things, the Quincy Solution. She made the case Sunday along with members of Eian’s Echo, a group named for the Buffalo boy killed by his mother’s live-in boyfriend last year. Blow described the Quincy solution as “a group of best practices that prevent domestic violence and the child abuse that is associated with domestic violence.” Between 40 to 60 percent of child abuse happens in homes with domestic violence, Blow said.
It’s easy to predict if a new mother is likely to abuse her child. By working with her, it’s easy to help her bond properly with her baby, raise the baby without abuse and give her the skills she needs to tackle her own life issues. Healthy Families NY does this in Erie County. Giving every new mother access to this program would slash the new cases of child abuse in the county.
If we do nothing more than focus our outrage at Jacob Noe’s tragic murder on Child Protective Services reform and reshuffling, we sentence more children to death, and to lives marred by abuse. While we don’t like seeing children die from abuse, we also don’t like paying its financial costs, dedicating money and political capital to preventing it.
It is welcome news that Erie County Child Protective Services has shown improvement in the last six months. Keeping caseloads low is necessary to ensure that all cases get the attention they deserve. Unfortunately, some of the proposals Erie County has been putting forward may reduce caseloads at the expense of children’s safety.
Because I “know about child abuse,” people show me pictures of their children’s skin, defiled with cigarette burns and furrowed with welts. I see medical reports describing as-yet undisclosed rapes, and psychologists’ reports bearing diagnoses like post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD was called “soldier’s heart” because it was first described in combat veterans. Every time a child carries that diagnosis, it means that child has endured something akin to fighting a war.
Every metropolitan area in New York state has recently reported stories of children slain, raped, battered and abandoned. Research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proves all child abuse forever mars children’s lives. The root of most violence, from bullying to mass shootings, is lack of empathy. The seeds of empathy are rooted in us as babies, but they can be beaten or raped out of us, they can be choked from horror or wither from neglect.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBA) – It’s been two years since 5-year-old Eain Brooks was beaten to death by his mother’s live-in boyfriend. On Thursday, his family is holding a press conference to push for more money to be given to programs that prevent child abuse in Erie County. Senator Tim Kennedy will join members of Eain’s family and local service providers.