Decision Maker Response
Richard Gottfried’s response
Mar 31, 2017 — Dear Friend:
Thank you very much for signing a change.org petition to let me know of your support for the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the statute of limitations in criminal and civil actions and revive civil actions for certain sex offenses.
I have supported earlier versions of this proposal in the Assembly. Sexual crimes against children are particularly traumatic both physically and emotionally. The victims face a variety of pressures, and it is unreasonable for us to expect them to come forward within an ordinary timeframe. For this reason, under New York law, the statute of limitations in these criminal cases does not begin to run until the crime is reported to law enforcement or the victim turns 18, whichever comes first. A complete elimination of a time limitation would raise serious concerns about difficulties of proof. I assure you that I will seriously consider your views as I form my own position on this issue.
I appreciate your consideration in writing to me.
Very truly yours,
Richard N. Gottfried