Breaking News: Despite long-term opposition from Catholic church, New York State finally passes law extending recourse for victims of childhood sexual abuse

Breaking News: I’m very pleased to report that, today, New York State passed the Child Victims Act. Story below:

They Were Sexually Abused Long Ago as Children. Now They Can Sue in N.Y.

For thirteen long years, the Roman Catholic church determinedly fought the passage of the Child Victims Act, which extends the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse from age 23 to 28 in criminal cases and extends victims’ ability to sue their abuser in civil cases up to age 55.

I’m very grateful for the advocates and politicians who championed this legislation and persevered despite tremendous opposition from the Roman Catholic church.

More comments to come in this weekend’s news roundup.

18 thoughts on “Breaking News: Despite long-term opposition from Catholic church, New York State finally passes law extending recourse for victims of childhood sexual abuse

    1. Thanks, sister! I saw the story on the 6 p.m. local TV news yesterday and had to scramble and send out a “special edition” post. High-ranking Catholic clergy commented that the new law could potentially bankrupt dioceses throughout the state, which is absolutely fine. What were N.Y. Roman Catholics thinking when they saw the news last night? I pray the Lord will use their discouragement to seek Him.

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      1. Me too. I didn’t mention it in my post but the new law opens up a one-year window for victims to sue their abuser and enablers regardless of when the abuse happened, no time restraints.

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      2. Yup, I’m very pleased that New York State finally pushed this through. I’m thinking the impact of the #MeToo movement tipped the scales after 13 years of the Catholic church successfully opposing it. This will bankrupt several dioceses in the state.

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    1. I’m sobered by the thought of the multitude of victims who were abused by priests and other Catholic religious over the centuries. Victims in the past had no recourse to justice. I’m grateful that is no longer the case. Yes, after this latest round of abuse and cover-up revelations, dioceses across the U.S. will be seeking bankruptcy protection.

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