Clergy wins round in battle over Child Victims Act

By JOE MAHONEY, April 1, 2018, Press Republican

ALBANY — Advocates for a one-year window to allow child victims of sexual assault to bring civil suits against molesters and employers who enabled abuse were deeply disappointed that the measure was sliced out of state budget negotiations.

Those crusading for the Child Victims Act — legislation that has been opposed by the state's Roman Catholic bishops, some youth groups and the insurance industry — said they will resume their push in Albany's post-budget legislative session, which closes in mid June.

The one-year revival is intended to arm victims with the ability to pursue legal claims even decades after they were molested.

"We're going to continue our grassroots effort, and I think it's highly likely  . . . 

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