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New bill requires all NYS schools to report sexual misconduct allegations

December 09, 2018 03:15 PM

This week Governor Andrew Cuomo closed a decades old loophole in the education system. 

"I'm glad they were able to come together, reach across the aisle, and make good choices because this is a glaring loophole, said Kat Sullivan, a sexual abuse advocate. 

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On Friday, Governor Cuomo signed Bill S-73-72, mandating all New York State Schools to report allegations of sexual misconduct. Before this, the law only required public schools to report such incidents.

Kat Sullivan, a Former Emma Willard Student who says she was abused by her Teacher in the school in the early 90's, says this law will finally get the ball rolling. "While we are celebrating and relieved this law has passed, it is a small step, it's a small step, public schools have had this measure for years," she said. 

Sullivan says she was asked to leave the school after she reported sexual misconduct against her. She has since become an advocate for victims sexual abuse. 

Following the bill signing, Governor Cuomo said in a statement "there is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our children. With this Bill, we are closing a frightening gap in the law and taking action to ensure all students in both public and private schools are protected from abuse." 

The bill was originally apart of the Child Victims Act that would increase the Statue of Limitations for child victims to press charges, if passed. 

The Child Victims Act has been stalled in the Senate for 13 years. 

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