NYAHP is committed to updating laws that allow public prosecutors to investigate and charge sexual predators operating in the state of New York. The current NY legislator has blocked the Child Victims Act from coming to a vote. If enacted, the new law would eliminate the present statue of limitations, both civil and criminal, regarding any sexual abuse of a child within the state of New York. Passage of the bill will also open a 365-day window for victims to file civil lawsuits for sexual offenses dating back as far as 50 years.
NY Senate Republicans oppose the Child Victims Act because it will flood the courts with sexual abuse cases, some of which will be fraudulent. Republicans are also concerned that businesses and non-profits that protected sexual predators will be bankrupted by multi-million dollar jury verdicts.
As an advocate for the rights of sexual abuse victims, Jeff Herman stands in agreement with the bill sponsor Manhattan Democrat Brady Hoylman: the predators and the organizations that protected them need to be publicly exposed and brought to justice.