Monday, November 9, 2009

Urge Governor Paterson to Put the Child Victims Act of NY on His Agenda Tomorrow!

Maybe you can't walk the halls of the Capitol. But our message can.
Maybe you can't walk the halls of the Capitol. But our message can.
Urge Governor Paterson to Put the Child Victims Act of NY on His Agenda Tomorrow!
Urge Governor Paterson to Add Child Victims Act to Agenda Tomorrow (November 10th)





 National Organization for Women-
New York State
Supports


Child Victims Act of New York
(A2596B (Markey)/S5893 Hassell-Thompson)

The Child Victims Act (CVA) is designed to right the years of injustice which have been suffered in silence by victims of child sexual abuse. The Act extends the civil statute of limitations (SOL) by effectively delaying the time at which it begins to run until the age of twenty-three. This effectively extends the SOL until the victim is twenty-eight in civil cases.

One in four women has reported to have been abused as a child.  More importantly, the Act creates a window much like the California window in 2003 that will open 60 days after the Act becomes law and remains open for one year. This will allow those who were shut out of the courts by the woefully short SOL to seek the justice that has been denied.

The Child Victims Act has been introduced and succeeded in the New York State Assembly three times (in 2006, 2007, and 2008 sessions). Yet, its companion bill in the Senate has not been allowed to reach the floor for a full vote! Please contact your representative, both Assemblyperson and Senator, to encourage them to place the protection of the interests of the children and the victims first.

To add your voice to the many others who are reaching out to the Governor right now, please send your email message immediately to:

  • If you represent an organization, please identify yourself and send a brief email message to Howie Katz of the Governor's legal staff at: Howie.Katz@chamber.state.ny.us  

  • If you are a concerned individual, please log on to the Governor's official email contact website and follow the directions to send a brief email message: http://www.ny.gov/governor/contact/  

Your voice can make a difference. It is important that you write immediately to ask the Governor to add CVA to the agenda for November 10th.

See below for a brief suggested message.

SUGGESTED EMAIL MESSAGE, OR WRITE YOUR OWN - BE
SURE TO INDICATE YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL CONNECTION, IF ANY

Dear Governor Patterson:
    Please add the Child Victims Act of New York to your agenda for the November 10th Extraordinary Session of the State Legislature.
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