»
»
SEEKING SUPPORT?
The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

Policy Priority: Legislative-Child Victim's Act


Assembly bill (A2596), otherwise known as the “Child Victims Act of New York” would provide greater justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse and help identify and stop sexual predators from continuing their abuse. According to bill sponsor Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, “The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that about one in five American children are sexually abused before age 18. But only about 10 percent of these crimes are ever reported.” Both Markey and many advocates feel that due to the young age of the children, and the position of authority most abusers have over their victims, the present law creates too narrow a time to bring charges. A2596 would thus extend the statute of limitations for bringing charges in child sex abuse cases – in cases where the victim does not report it to law enforcement – from age 18 to age 23. It also calls for a similar extension in the civil statute of limitations. These changes to current law would allow for a child victim to seek prosecution and/or civil redress until at least the age of 28



< -- Previous Policy Priority | Next Policy Priority -->
Deesha Narichania accepts her 2011 Lydia Martinez award
Deesha Narichania accepts her 2011 Lydia Martinez award