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Queens Chronicle

Sen. nixes sex abuse law bill

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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:30 am

The Republican-controlled state Senate rejected the Child Victims Act, a bill aimed at reforming the statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes after a vote was forced by the upper chamber’s Democratic Conference on Monday.

“This common sense legislation would have protected our children and delivered justice for the far too many victims in New York State. Monday’s vote gave all New Yorkers a chance to see where their Senator stands on this critical issue,” state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), a supporter of the legislation, said in a prepared statement.

“My colleagues and I will continue to push this issue to finally give child sex abuse victims the justice they deserve and hold the perpetrators of these heinous crimes accountable,” the senator added.

If passed, the legislation would create a one-year window that begins on the date the bill is effective that would allow past child sexual abuse victims to sue their abusers, eliminate several child sex abuse crimes’ criminal statute of limitations and enact other measures aimed at fixing current law.

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