Survivors of child sexual abuse call for statute of limitation extension

January 30, 2018 05:04 PM

ALBANY - People who were sexually abused as children are putting pressure on the New York State Senate to extend the statute of limitations.

The group gathered outside Senate chambers - telling their stories of abuse and demanding lawmakers pass the "Child Victims Act." The law would increase both the criminal and civil statute of limitations. Right now, you cannot sue or press charges after the age of 23.

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The group has been pushing the act for 12 years. For the first time this year, the governor included it in his budget.

"For courageous people like the ones behind you to have that chance to confront their abuser in court and finally dispel all that stops them from leading productive lives," explained Democratic Sen. Brad Hoylman of Manhattan.

"The way I got through my abuse was I said to myself, 'As long as nobody finds out about it. As long as I don't tell anybody, I can just pretend like it never happened and just go on and live my life.' Well, that didn't work out so well," noted Brian Toale, a survivor.

Former NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Jason Gough was also at the event. He is an advocate and a survivor of abuse as a child.


WNYT Staff

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