Dear Friends: We had a very productive day in Albany this week as supporters of the Child Victims Act (A2872-S63) came to meet with legislators to urge them to support my bill to remove the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in New York State. Regrettably, our state ranks among the very worst in all of America for how it treats victims of childhood sexual abuse. The Child Victims Act will completely eliminate the statute of limitations for these crimes and provides a one year suspension of the civil SOL’s to make it possible for older victims to get justice. Senators and Assembly members need to hear from you that you support this legislation. Please follow the link to connect to the on-line petition that has been created to help you express your views. Our thanks to Safe Horizon for creating this public service
Assemblywoman Margaret Markey
Help Pass the Child Victims Act
A pending New York State bill known as the Child Victims Act (A.2872/S.63) will help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse obtain justice in civil and/or criminal court proceedings, and in so doing will help expose offenders who prey on our youngest neighbors.
Specifically, the bill will eliminate the statute of limitations for additional felony-level sex crimes against children, and will create a one-year “window” to allow adult survivors to bring civil charges against their offenders. Currently, adult survivors are prohibited from seeking justice once they turn 24 years old.
Safe Horizon supports the Child Victims Act because we firmly believe that those who prey on children should not simply be able to run out the clock when it comes to facing justice. This legislation will help protect future generations of children by unmasking pedophiles who have evaded exposure and holding organizations and institutions accountable for covering up their offenses.