Go to Albany on Wednesday, April 22 to Support Legislation to Protect Abused Children and Extend the SOL

For information about participating in the April 22nd Lobby Day, contact Assemblywoman Markey’s office at 518-455-4755 or by email markeym@assembly.state.ny.us
From: “Margaret Markey” <markeym@assembly.state.ny.us>
Date: April 15, 2015 4:01:26 PM EDT
Subject: Please join me for CVA Lobby Day in Albany

Dear Friends of the Child Victims Act:

I invite you to join me and the many others who will be in Albany on Wednesday, April 22 for the 2015 Lobby Day for the Child Victims Act. Your presence makes an important statement to my colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate about the importance of this bill for survivors of child sexual abuse as well as future generations of children. Please call my office if we can answer any questions about the bill or about the April 22nd Lobby Day. 


Assemblywoman Margaret Markey

Markey Leads Push to Adopt Child Victims Act of NY as Advocates Mark Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month in Albany on April 22
Lobby Day for Legislation to Reform State’s Archaic Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Crimes; NY Among Very Worst State in Nation for Victims
April is Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month across the nation and Assemblywoman Margaret Markey has invited advocates for her Child Victims Act of New York to mark the occasion by joining her in Albany on Wednesday, April 22, to meet with members of both houses of the State Legislature and urge adoption of the reform legislation.
More than 60 Members sponsored a resolution adopted by the Assembly last month asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim April as Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New York. “Educating the public and the legislature about the issue of child sexual abuse and its damaging impact on survivors and society is our goal,” said Assemblywoman Markey.
The Child Victims Act she sponsors (A2872) is carried in the State Senate by Senator Brad Hoylman (S63). The bill seeks to reform New York’s archaic criminal and civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse crimes.
“With research showing that one in five of all children in the U.S. are sexually abused, it is not only important to raise public awareness about this scourge,” said Assemblywoman Markey. “It is also vital that we reform outmoded laws to provide justice for victims and expose pedophiles and those who hide them, also helping to protect future generations of children from abuse.”
State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “I’m grateful to the advocates and survivors joining us for the 2015 Albany Lobby Day for the Child Victims Act on April 22. By sharing their personal stories with legislators, they’ll help advance this critical legislation that will allow all sexual abuse survivors to have their day in court. I commend Assemblywoman Markey for her leadership and hard work on this issue and look forward to working with her to bring this legislation for a vote in both the Assembly and Senate.”
On the April 22 Lobby Day Assemblywoman Markey will host an informational exhibition about the subject of child sexual abuse and statute of limitations that is also open to the general public. It will be located in The Well on the Concourse Level of the Legislative Office Building at Empire State Plaza in Albany throughout the day. Visiting advocates and supporters of the Child Victims Act will be welcomed to check in here starting at 9:30 a.m. A press conference is tentatively scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the same location.
Among those individuals and organizations participating in the program are: USA Speedskating champion Bridie Farrell; Catholic Whistleblowers; Downstate Crime Victims Coalition; attorney Kevin Mulhearn, who has recently represented victims from Yeshiva University High School and Horace Mann School; Prevent Child Abuse New York; Catholics Coalition of Conscience, including Call to Action Metro NY, Call to Action Upstate NY, Voice of the Faithful NY, Dignity/NY; Horace Mann Action Coalition; Mark M. Appell and Voice of Justice; and two recently-revealed victims from Buffalo, Vanessa DeRosa and Tino Flores with their attorneys from the HoganWIllig firm.
New York State currently ranks among the very worst of all states in America in how it deals with victims of child sexual abuse crimes, right at the bottom of all 50 states along with Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Indiana, according to a survey by the Cardozo Law School. Under current law victims in New York must come forward to bring criminal or civil charges within five years of their 18th birthday or lose the opportunity to ever bring charges against their abuser. Many other states either have no or extended statute of limitations, including California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Delaware and Connecticut.
“Since so many abused children are not able to come to grips with what has happened to them until much later in life, it is the victims who suffer most as a result of our state’s archaic statute of limitations for these offenses. Future generations of children are also at risk as pedophiles go unpunished for their crimes and can easily remain hidden and continue their abuse under current law,” said Assemblywoman Markey.
Child Victims Act calls for the total elimination of the criminal and civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes in the future, with a complete one year suspension of the civil SOL to benefit older victims. More than one-third of the total Assembly membership has joined Assemblywoman Markey as co-sponsors of the bill. The Child Victims Act has been adopted by the Assembly four times since 2006, but has yet to come to the floor of the State Senate for a vote.
Assemblywoman Markey said:  “There is no limit on what is a life-time of suffering and anguish for so many victims of child sexual abuse. That is why there should be no limit on the ability of victims and society to prosecute abusers. Nor should there be any limit on holding accountable those institutions and organizations that have deliberately protected and hidden perpetrators. Their actions make it possible for pedophiles to continue to prey on new victims.”
For information about participating in the April 22nd Lobby Day, contact Assemblywoman Markey’s office at 518-455-4755 or by email markeym@assembly.state.ny.us
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