Abuse victims rally in Albany for Child Victims Act

Abuse victims rally in Albany for Child Victims Act Photo: Mark Szpylczyn / WNYT.

February 27, 2018 03:24 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York child molestation victims returned to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to allow victims to sue for decades-old abuse.

The Child Victims Act would relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations. Its most controversial provision would allow victims to file civil suits against their alleged abusers - even if the existing statute of limitations has passed.

The measure is backed by the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo but has been repeatedly blocked by the Republican-led Senate.

Supporters say the national dialogue on sexual misconduct is empowering victims and hopefully improving the bill's chances in Albany.

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