Kennedy, child advocates urge passage of Child Victim Act in 2018

By  MICHAEL MROZIAK

Dec 9, 2017 | news, Trauma, Trauma: Prevention |

A proposed law that would give childhood sex abuse victims more time to seek justice has, according to State Senator Tim Kennedy, stalled in Albany for the past 11 years. Speaking in Buffalo Friday morning, Kennedy, child advocates and a childhood sex abuse victim gathered to say it’s time the legislature and the governor took action and passed the Child Victim Act.

Under current state law, victims of such abuse may only take legal action until the age of 23. Kennedy said many victims do not even begin to comprehend or address their past abuse until well into their adult years.

“Research has shown that it takes almost 21 years in many cases for these abuse victims to realize they were victims in the first place, before they can even talk about this abuse, before they even go for crisis counseling,” Kennedy said.

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