NY--Sex crime statute of limitations debate returns to New York, victims respond
For immediate release, January 6, 2017
New York’s families won a small victory today. Hopefully, the bill to extend the civil statute of limitations for victims of child sex crimes will finally become a law in New York State. Then, child predators across New York will be exposed. Survivors will get healing and a sense of justice.
The private institutions who employed and protected predators can be held accountable. Once that is done, we can work together with lawmakers to tackle the host of problems in writing a bill to address sexual abuse in our public institutions.The Catholic Church and other detractors should no longer fight statute of limitation reform. Cardinal Dolan’s victim compensation plan is short on transparency and details. The only way that victims and the public can be sure that all predators are exposed is to hold predators and the private institutions that employ them accountable in the tried-and-true civil justice system.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested in all institutional settings, including churches, schools, clubs, and homes. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)