New York victims of sexual abuse are throwing their support behind Assemblywoman Margaret Markey’s Child Victims Act, which the New York Daily News reports has passed the Assembly four times but has never cleared the Senate.
The Child Victims Act would add five years to the current State of Limitations, until the victim turns 28, in criminal and civil abuse cases. It would also give victims a one-year window to file a lawsuit against an abuser, no matter when the abuse occurred.
Markey said the sex abuse scandals at Syracuse and Penn State have brought much attention but little reform of state laws. “Those cases have attracted enormous attention, but there is not much new about the pattern behind the headlines,” Markey said. “Someone in a position of trust and influence over a child has violated that trust to molest or rape them. Respected organizations act like they are more concerned about their reputation than the victims of the crimes, and only many years after abused children become adults are they able to come to terms with what happened to them, and that means it takes place many years after our woefully short statute of limitations expire.”