Survivors, Advocates Applaud Buffalo Representatives for Supporting Child Victims Act

Jan 10, 2018 | Uncategorized |

Survivors and Advocates Applaud Buffalo Representatives for Supporting the Child Victims Act

Call on Cuomo to include in budget

Today State Senator Tim Kennedy and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn came out in
support of the Child Victims Act in response to the Nichols School scandal. Michael Polenberg,
VP of Government Affairs at Safe Horizon, and Buffalo area survivor and advocate Thomas
Travers issued the following joint-statement:

“DA Flynn and Senator Kennedy understand that survivors of childhood sexual abuse
deserve access to justice just like other crime victims. The #MeToo movement has highlighted
the way survivors struggle with shame, fear, and widespread disbelief in the validity of their
experience. But the time is now, to embrace those survivors, both adults and children, in their
healing process by turning their stories into action. We need the Governor to include the Child
Victims Act as part of the New York State budget and finally get this done.”

Background
On January 2nd

, 2018 survivors of child sex abuse, disability advocates, law enforcement,
religious leaders, and elected officials, joined together with Manhattan DA Cy Vance to push for
the CVA to be included in Cuomo’s 2018 budget. The Governor will release his budget on
January 16th
.

The CVA has been introduced for the past 12 years, but gained new traction in January 2017
when Governor Cuomo included it in the State of the State policy book, saying: “These survivors
deserve justice, plain and simple. Giving victims the opportunity to advance their claims in court
is the right thing to do and I urge the Legislature to join me and pass this measure once and for
all.”1

In this year’s State of the State address, the Governor again used the same language in his
policy book, although he made no mention of it in his remarks.
Despite the CVA passing by a resounding margin in the Assembly last year with bi-partisan
support, the bill did not make it to the Senate floor for even a vote.

1 http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-unveils-plan-child-victims-act-article-
1.2943920

NY Pass CVA

The CVA would do the following:
· Increase the criminal statute of limitations prospectively from the age of 23 to age 28;
· Increase the civil statute of limitations prospectively from the age of 23 to age 50;
· Remove special protections for public institutions that have acted as a shield against
liability; and

· Create a one-year look-back window to allow survivors over the age of 23 to seek
retrospective civil relief.

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