ALBANY, N.Y. - One in five children in the United States is a victim of sexual abuse. Wednesday, a new bill was proposed to eliminate the statute of limitations on the crime, to make sure victims of such crimes never run out of time to get justice.
At a press conference held at the State Capitol Wednesday, advocates for survivors of sex abuse gathered to urge the passage of Assemblywoman Margret Markey's Child Victim's Act - An act that would completely eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse crimes.
Current New York State law requires that a report of sexual abuse be made within five years after a victim turns 18.
As part of Markey's new initiative, a statewide campaign called "Family and Friends of Survivors" would schedule in-office visits to every member of the Assembly and Senate by family members of those who have suffered childhood sex abuse. This initiative would be held June 4th and 5th.
Proposers say this would shine a light on how rampant child sex abuse really is and would allow victims to expose their perpetrator and his or her enablers no matter how much time has passed since the crime was committed.
For more information about how to participate in the "Family & Friends of Survivors" legislative in-office visits, contact Assemblywoman Margaret Markey at email@example.com.