The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy abuse victims want bishops to follow Pope's urging
Child sex abuse bill moves forward
Measure faces key assembly vote this week
It’s the first time ever proposal will face a Senate vote
Now-convicted & ousted politician has long blocked it
Groups urge Catholic bishops to “re-think” their opposition
It “flies in the face” of recent comments by Pope Benedict urging justice
When: Tuesday, June 1 at 1:15 p.m.
On Wednesday, the NY Senate Codes Committee is expected to vote on the bill that would help prevent child sex crimes, expose child sex abusers and help those who’ve already been molested get justice, healing and closure.
The proposal, called the Child Victims Act, would open a one year ‘window’ to allow those under 54 years old who were sexually assaulted as children to file civil lawsuits against both the predator and any employers/supervisors who ignored or concealed the crimes. It is fiercely opposed by some Catholic and Orthodox Jewish officials.
But in recent weeks, Pope Benedict has promised to work harder to stop abuse, admitted that church officials have handled child sex cases poorly, and acknowledged that forgiveness doesn’t negate the need for justice. In light of these widely-reported comments, victims are urging New York’s Catholic bishops to re-consider their opposition to the measure,
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Assemblywoman Marge Markey are the principal sponsors of the Child Victims Act (CVA).
If passed on Wednesday, the proposal must go before the Senate Finance Committee (headed by Senator Kruger), where it has been blocked before. Now, however, that panel is no longer headed by convicted Senator Joseph Bruno, who stalled the legislation time and time again.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests