Your voices heard in Albany NY

By Melanie Blow

Dec 3, 2017 | news, Trauma, Trauma: Prevention

New York is closer than ever to reforming its Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse. Last Wednesday we presented our petition to reform the state’s Statute of Limitations.

We’re grateful to every one of the 27,276 of you that signed the petition. Your signatures showed not only that New Yorkers care about protecting children from the trauma of sexual abuse, but also that the rest of the world is watching.

Bernie Fine, Woody Allen and Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu were not on a sex offender’s’ registry and nor are nine out of ten sex offenders. Most of us would hate to have a registered sex offender move in next door, but what we should really hate is legislators continue to protect child molesters from accountability rather than our children from child molesters.

We presented the petition to Senator Flanagan’s office, he is a Republican and the leader of the Senate. The Republicans in general, and Flanagan in particular, are hostile towards this legislation.

Senator Flanagan was otherwise engaged and sent his senior policy adviser to see us. Presenting him with the petition Andrew Willis, chief executive officer of the The Stop Abuse Campaign said:

“New York State needs to do a better job protecting children and not their rapists,”

“We’d like you to have this so that you know the people of New York and wider don’t believe that you should be standing in the way of this bill because children are continuing to be molested and raped,”  Willis then handed over a large looseleaf binder containing the 27,276 names to the member of Flanagan’s staff.

“I would hope that the senator would have met with us and talked about the reasons that they are blocking the bill,” Willis said afterward.

With your help this can be the year that New York passes the bill. Sign the petition, if you have not. If you have, get your friends and family to sign.

Every signature will count. Let’s show Senator Flanagan he should pay attention to public opinion which is overwhelmingly in favor of the Child Victims Act.

Read the full story in the Daily News who we thank for their outstanding journalism in support of Statute of Limitation reform.

Melanie Blow

Melanie Blow

COO, Stop Abuse Campaign

A survivor of incest, psychological abuse and a host of other childhood trauma, Melanie now uses her talents to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences. Melanie has over a decade of legislative advocacy regarding children’s issues, and she has been published in newspapers, magazines and blogs all across the country.

Melanie has an ACE score of 6.


Authors express their own opinions which do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Stop Abuse Campaign.




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