New York Passes the Child Victims Act, SNAP responds

We applaud the New York State assembly for taking this much-needed step towards prevention, justice, and accountability. The passage of the Child Victims Act sends a strong signal to survivors that their experiences have not been forgotten and that preventing future cases of abuse is critical. By opening this civil window and allowing cases to proceed, survivors of sexual assault now have a chance to expose their abusers in court and help ensure other children are safe, something that would not have been possible but for this much-needed reform.

We hope that other states will follow the lead of New York and make efforts to reform statutes of limitation in their own states. And we encourage all survivors of sexual violence, whether hurt in a parish, a school, a family home or a sports locker room to come forward, make a report to police and protectors, and find support groups like ours where they can heal. 

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is

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