By NYS Senator Richard Funke
The Child Victims Act has languished in the New York State Senate for far too long. Reading the horrific report from the Pennsylvania grand jury about rampant sexual abuse and cover-ups by church officials makes it clear that it is long past time for us to sit down at the table, hammer out a final version of the bill and pass it in the Senate.
Each day, I tell my staff to go out and do the right thing. Providing access to justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse is the right thing to do.
There are currently two bills in the Senate on this topic—one by Senator Catharine Young and one by Senator Brad Hoylman. Both have merit. Remember, an estimated 80 percent of the victims of sexual abuse are assaulted by a family member or a friend with no direct tie to any institution like the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts or a university. I co-sponsor Senator Young’s bill, which creates a $300 million compensation fund for survivors of abuse and removes the criminal statute of limitations.