NY lawmakers to ease statute of limitations for molestation

January 28, 2019 02:31 PM

ALBANY – For years, it's been called the long-stalled Child Victims Act, passing the Assembly but not the Senate. However, on Monday, a bill extending the statute of limitations on child molestation to give victims more time to seek justice is expected to easily pass both houses of the New York legislature.

In a meeting with victims in the Red Room, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Republican-controlled Senate was against most socially-progressive bills and this one was particularly stymied by conservatives pushed by the Catholic Church.

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The Catholic Church had been a major opponent to the bill but dropped its opposition last week after the legislation was rewritten to treat public and private schools the same.

Cuomo says he doesn't believe he is against the Catholic Church.

"I'm with the pope on this issue," the governor said.

Earlier this month, Pope Francis swore to "render justice to minors."

Monday afternoon, the Senate and Assembly plan to vote on the Child Victims Act, which would give victims more time to seek criminal charges or sue their abusers. It would also create a one-year window for victims to file lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations. It would move the age for criminal cases to 28 and civil cases to 55.

WEB EXTRA: Gov. Cuomo meets with survivors and 'Child Victims Act' advocates



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