New York Child Victims Act in Review

Another setback for the Child Victims Act

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New York legislators, led by Senate Republican leaders John Flanagan and John DeFrancisco, once again turned their back on childhood sexual abuse victims, choosing to protect the institutions that have a long history of covering for and enabling the behavior of predators. Flanagan and DeFrancisco blocked Senate colleagues from voting on the Child Victims Act even though the bill had the votes to pass the Senate. Flanagan and DeFrancisco’s actions fly in the face of the Assembly, which passed the bill with near unanimous bi-partisan support (139-7).

As childhood sexual abuse advocates propose, the Child Victims Act will provide child sex abuse victims with the time necessary to bring their abuser to justice. As the law stands today, predators are protected after the victim turns 23 years of age. Because of the law today, known sexual predators continue to pose a threat to our children. There is no better example of this than in Utica, New York.

The case of Father Felix Colosimo

In 2014, the Diocese of Syracuse allowed Father Felix Colosimo to retire in good standing. For years, the Diocese of Syracuse misled the community by refusing to tell anyone that this priest had sexual abuse allegations that were found “credible” and thus removed from the church. The Child Victims Act supported by survivors and advocates will allow these predators to be exposed for what they are – a threat to our children.

And now, in an ongoing effort to protect the identities of known sexual predator priests, the Diocese of Brooklyn is offering compensation to victims. The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is similar to the one initiated by Cardinal Dolan and the Archdiocese of New York, which to date has paid 120 claims. The victims must sign a confidentiality agreement which protects the accused priest. Keep Kids Safe encourages you to contact us and have an advocate at your side if you consider using the The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program in either the Diocese of Brooklyn or the Archdiocese of New York.