Child Victims Act needs to be OK’d in New York  Published 2:43 pm EDT, Saturday, August 25, 2018 Albany Times Union

It is no surprise that Pennsylvania Catholic bishops led the fight to quash the grand jury investigation of the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children by priests over several decades. The bishops, their lobbyists and Republican legislators also have fought legislative proposals to change the civil and criminal statutes of limitations in Pennsylvania mirroring exactly the opposition proponents of a Child Victims Act have faced in New York This year the bishops failed to block the grand jury report and a veritable catalog of horrors was revealed. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro bluntly declared that the bishops “protected their institutions at all costs. As the grand jury found, the church showed a complete disdain for victims”. As a member of Call to Action, a lay Catholic organization, we are ashamed of the behavior of those who abused children and those who permitted this abuse. We are committed to seeing New York pass a Child Victims Act that extends the statute of limitations, adds a look-back period for persons abused in the past and holds accountable the abusers, those who failed to stop the abuse and those who covered up the abuse. To be clear the New York CVA covers sexual abuse cases that are church-related but also cases that are committed by persons associated with both public and private institutions as well as family members and friends. The Vatican has also reacted calling the Pennsylvania case “reprehensible.” Most importantly, the Vatican said there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur. Sounds like a vote for the CVA in New York.

Robert K. Corliss /Schenectady/ /Call to Action-Upstate/

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