Newsday is reporting that the fate of the 2017 New York Child Victims Act rests once again with Senate Leader John Flanagan. Flanagan continues to refuse to meet with supporters of the proposed legislation. Bridie Farrell, a leading advocate for the bill told Newsday, “They are protecting the institutions of the abusers.”
Currently, the law provides child sex abuse victims a window until age 23 to file a lawsuit against their abuser or the institution that enabled the predator’s behavior. New York is one of the most anti-sex abuse victim states in the country. In nearby Massachusetts for example, victims have until the age of 35 to bring a claim.
Flanagan continues to display his loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church, one of the most powerful opponents to the legislation. In California, Catholic dioceses ended up paying more than $1.2 billion to victims when a similar law was passed there.
To reduce its liability in New York, the Archdiocese of New York is paying victims now who come forward. The downside to the plan is that every allegation is kept confidential and the pedophile priest is allowed to continue living a normal life.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is on record as telling The Associated Press, “These survivors deserve justice, plain and simple.”
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