Child sex abuse victims call for change on statutes of limitation
ALBANY, NY – Victims of child sex abuse testified before lawmakers today, calling for an act changing statutes of limitations to be changed in cases of abuse.
The Child Victims act would increase the satutes of limitations in criminal and civil cases of child sex abuse. It would also create a one-year look-back window. Supporters of the act say it would allow survivors over the age of 23 to seek retrospective civil relief.
Supporters say Governor Cuomo included the act in the State of the State and the State Assembly passed the act with a bipartisan vote of 139-7.
Bridie Farrell, of the organization New York Loves Kids, says having the laws changed is less about shame, and more about safety.
“I’m not interested in justice and taking down this guy, but these guys don’t stop.”
Farrell says she herself was a victim when she was younger, and changing the statutes of limitations would impact many people like her.
“Where survivors like myself, where the statute of limitations has expired, could come forward and name my abusers.”
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