43,000 New York kids will be sexually abused in 2017. Help Governor Cuomo protect them.

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When we read about a man admitting to sex with a 13-year-old, we expect to read details of his arrest next. We don’t expect to read that he is still on the streets.

But that’s what has happened with Marc Gafni. He admits to having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old. That should be enough to have him arrested. But since the crime happened in New York, where the Statute of Limitations keeps victims from pressing charges from their 23rd birthday, his victims can’t have their day in court. While this unremorseful sex offender is free to attack his victims in the press, his victims are serving life sentences. The same Statutes of Limitations protect predators across New York State.

 Here are the facts:


Currently 1 in 5 (22%) children are sexually abused (Source CDC) [1]
It takes survivors an average of 21 years before they can disclose their abuse [2]
Only 1 in 10 (10%) of people who sexually abuse children will see a day behind bars [3]
Because they are protected by NY State laws called statutes of limitations.
This all adds up to 43,000 sexually abused children in New York each year. But it doesn’t need to be this way. The Child Victims Act (S 809) will eliminate the Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse. The act has the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate and Assembly Democrats and the Independent Democrats, but is being blocked in the Senate on a party line split with Republicans who have always prevented the bill to come to the floor for a vote.

Please stand with us, protect NY’s children and not the predators that prey on them. sign the petition, and support Governor Cuomo, Senator Hoylman, and Assemblymember Rosenthal in passing this bill.

Tell our leaders to pass the Child Victims Act this year. Protect our children from sexual abuse. Because one child is too many.

 

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Citations:

  1. Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

    Vincent J Felitti MD, FACPA, , Robert F Anda MD, MSB, Dale Nordenberg MDC, David F Williamson MS, PhDB, Alison M Spitz MS, MPHB, Valerie Edwards BAB, Mary P Koss PhDD, James S Marks MD, MPHB
  2. Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse Among Male Survivors” by Scott D. Easton, December of 2013 Clinical Social Work Journal
  3. Robert Baker of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. 2008.

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • State Senator
    John Flanagan
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    Carl Marcellino
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    Terrence Murphy
  • State Senator
    Thomas O'Mara
  • State Senator
    Simcha Felder
  • State Senator
    Ruben Diaz
  • State Senator
    Neil Breslin
  • State Senator
    James Tedisco
  • State Senator
    Jeffrey Klein
  • State Representative
    Linda Rosenthal
  • State Senator
    Brad Hoylman

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