Child Victim’s Act Lobby Day 2-27-2018

Abuse victims rally in Albany for Child Victims Act [Channel 13 News] http://wnyt.com/news/child-victims-act-rally-albany/4806127/

Upstate CTA and NYC Metro CTA joined the coalition of child sex abuse survivors and advocates at the Capital February 27 to discuss the Child Victim’s Act with individual members of the legislature.  After the press conference (see above photo and attached file below with content) Safe Horizons organized eight groups of approx. eight people each to meet with the legislators in their offices.  Each group held a minimum of five such meetings. Our group, which was assigned to visit Upstate legislators, included Call To Acton members, survivors of familial sex abuse, a survivor of sex abuse at Emma Willard School, Parents of a child abused by priests, the wife of a man abused by a priest and a former Olympic Speed Skater abused by her coach. You may view the video of coverage at the time of the State Budget Hearing : http://cbs6albany.com/news/local/child-sex-abuse-victims-call-for-change-on-statutes-of-limitation doc icon Statement-released-at-Press-Conference-2-28-18.docx

Press Conference coverage for Child Victim’s Act Albany

On Tuesday January 30, 2018, the two NYS Chapters of Call to Action joined a coalition of advocates to hold a press conference outside the NYS Senate chambers in Albany in support of the Child Victim’s Act.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthall speaks while (on left) local TV personality Jason Gough and (on right) former Olympic Speed Skater Bridie Farrell listen. Connie Altamirano, second from left, a survivor, spoke to the public safety hearing later in the day.

 

Upstate CTA joined Nancy Lorence and Connie Altamirano of NYC CTA in this demonstration. From left: Bob Corliss, Vic DeSantis, Steve Powers, and Mary DeSantis.

. This event was given broad TV coverage: http://wnyt.com/politics/survivors-of-child-sexual-abuse-call-for-statue-of-limitation-extension-albany/4765159/?cat=10114

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http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/politics/2018/01/30/child-victims-act-new-york-albany

Later in the day members of the coalition provided testimony in support of passage of the Child Victim’s Act to the joint legislative hearings on the Public Safety Budget.  This involved a semi-heroic effort since all state agency testimony for the budget preceded items such as the CVA. Our speakers were called to present a little after 10:00pm.