Support the Child Victim Act
  • Petitioned Senator Roy McDonald

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Senator Roy McDonald
Senator Stephen Saland

Support the Child Victim Act

    1. Petition by

      Melanie Blow

      rochester, NY

We the undersigned want Senator McDonald to sponsor A5488, the Assembly's version of the Child Victim's Act.

Twenty percent of American children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Child sexual abuse produces many damaging lifelong effects for it's victims.

Unfortunately, many victims are unable to seek justice in the criminal or civil courts because of New York's statute of limitations. Studies show that over 90% of children are sexually abused by someone close to them, often a family member or someone close to their family. 80-90% of victims won't tell anyone about their victimization before they become adults.

In at least ten percent of cases, there is a non-offending adult who is aware of the abuse and does nothing to stop it. And this doesn't take into account the children who tell an adult who may take some action, but that action falls short of a call to the police or CPS. In short, it is impossible for many dependant children to use the court system to seek justice. They need to wait until they are adults, and adults who have accomplished a certain amount of healing, and have social, financial and health resources at their disposal.

Things that are almost impossible for them to accomplish by the tender age of 23, the age at which the current statute of limitations prohibits them from seeking justice.

This is one of rare opportunities the legislator gets to pass a bill that can empower victims, remove sex offenders from the street, and protect children.

We the undersigned urge you to sponsor and support this bill.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
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    4. Assemblywoman Markey

      Melanie Blow
      Petition Organizer

      NYS Assemblywoman Markey wrote an editorial in support of the Child Victim Act, the Senate to sponsor it, and reminding us of why it is so important.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. New York's Child Victim's Act- Change is Necessary

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      In New York, the prosecution of child sexual abuse is a capped at a mere 23 years old, a common trend throughout the states.  Perhaps the biggest reason why so many states still have statutes of limitations for the prosecution of child sexual abuse...

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. We've broken a hundred signatures! Thank you, one and all!

      Melanie Blow
      Petition Organizer

      I firmly believe that if enough people realize these statutes exist, our elected officials will be forced to remove them, or modify them so that they make some sense, giving the nature of child sex offenses.

    9. Reached 100 signatures
    10. Child Victims Act - Press conference - NY Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      NY Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey explains the Child Victims Act she introduced to New York State Assembly in a press conference in May 2011 to raise awareness and push it through legislation.

    11. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anthony Stead LARGS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      why should certain people walk away when they are guilty of this crime

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    • Colette Bonnett FOREST HILLS, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe that action on this matter is finnaly being researched and examined anstead of just being talked about. I believe you can sincerely make a difference for the problem that has been sleeping for to long.

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    • Chris Hansen ORLANDO, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a victim I can tell first hand how this ruined my entire life and prove that it is real and there was a coverup in Brooklyn NY the diocese knew about this priest and covered it up, even sent him to what he called a pedophile camp in a confession to my mother about what he had done, This is real and it ruined many lives Please let me have my day in court .

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    • Tcho bustos TAUNTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      One of those kids,adult now yet,still live in fear.

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    • Eleanor Price SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Sex offenders rarely stop offending. They ruin a life forever with their actions. They must pay a high price to stop this madness.

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