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


I'm a strong Latino woman. I've been a business owner. I was a valedictorian. I got a scholarship to City College of New York and I earned a degree in psychology. But there are times when I have felt so powerless. I felt an emptiness that nobody else could understand.

When I was nine,  my father’s business partner was helping me make copies in my father's office. He knew I would be alone each day while my mother picked up my younger brothers at grade school.

This man would show me pornography and grope me while I sat there, alone and terrified. I stayed silent, in order to protect my father’s business. If he learned the truth, my family would be devastated; financially as well as emotionally.

Eventually, I told my mother a little bit of what happened. I was too humiliated to talk about the details, and just told my mom that the man had “been fresh” with me. I was afraid if I told the whole story people would think I was damaged.

My dad terminated his relationship with the man. But nobody went to the police. I filed a report with the NYPD in September 2012, when I was 32. But the police said they couldn’t help me because of New York’s statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.

I discovered that day New York’s laws protect the predators that prey on innocent children and not the children themselves and now I work every day to ensure we change this. I'm a mother and our children must be protected.

Every day I know that this man who abused me is still out there, and I'm sure he’s still abusing other kids. And until we change New York’s laws, there is nothing I can do to protect them.

I’m getting my life back on track. I’m in therapy, and it helps, but it’s never easy.

Please. Sign the petition. Share it with your friends. It’s such a simple thing you can do to protect children from sexual abuse.

Ana Wagner
Mother and Child Protection Advocate
Founder of the Brooklyn Bridge Survivors Walk - June 4th 2017

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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.

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.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • State Senator
    John Flanagan
  • State Senator
    Carl Marcellino
  • State Senator
    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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