New York legislators urged to pass law to protect children following Terrance Hoctor arrest
(Rochester, NY:) The Stop Abuse Campaign, a national organization that prevents childhood trauma, abuse and maltreatment, has issued the following statement about the recent arrest of Webster NY school teacher Terrance Hoctor.
Child Sexual Abuse is a horrifying crime that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is suffered by a quarter of our children(1). We know that it takes victims an average of 21 years(2) before they can disclose abuse, and in New York the statute of limitations on the crime keeps most victims from seeking justice on their 23rd birthday. This means that, inevitably, there are dangerous sex offenders who aren’t convicted of any crime, who have clean backgrounds, and who are clamoring to work with children. Victims who are over 23 years old are powerless. The law strips them of the ability to put their abuser behind bars and protect other children, even if their abuser is still in the classroom.
We applaud the Webster school district for being open about the ongoing investigation. School districts can only do so much to protect children with under the current, bad laws. And this is why we urge our Rochester area legislators to support the Child Victims Act (S809) that eliminates the Statute of Limitations on child sexual abuse. This legislation is crucial to protecting children in Monroe County and in the rest of the state.
It is natural, in the wake of a high-profile, shocking story like this, to want to change laws to protect other children. And we urge you to make this the year that Rochester’s elected officials support the Child Victims Act.
1 Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
2 Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work Journal