There are 3 considerations when discussing a change to Statutes of Limitations.
1) Criminal - change to the age for when a victim may press charges
2) Civil - same as above, but for lawsuits. Affects the perpetrator and potentially the assisting institutions.
3) Retroactive Civil - allowing suits that have lapsed the Statute to retroactively proceed.
For years, NY has had the most egregious of Statues for sex crimes. For
years, everyone in the "know" was aware that the reason for this was
powerful lobby groups that included the Catholic Church and Agudath
When recently pressed, leadership from Agudah claimed
that they wouldn't be opposed to a changed in the criminal statute, but
they were worried about bankrupting Jewish institutions for long-passed
acts of negligence.
Putting aside the sheer insensitivity of
institutional protectionism vs victim assistance and rehabilitation, it
requires many factors to hold an institution responsible, including that
the act occur at the institution, be a result of the institutions
failures, be done by someone working for or allowed onto the
institutional premises, etc.
Nevertheless, despite the claim of
outward support for a Criminal Statute change, the NYS Legislature
failed to act and pass it.
I ask you, if victims and victim
advocacy groups support it (non-stop lobbying officials and making
numerous public entreaties), news media supported it, regular folks
supported it, AND on top of all that, the 2 primary historical opposers
claimed they supported it, why didn't it pass?
Why would an
elected official ignore every relevant group on an issue and oppose a
change in the criminal statute? Do they want to commit career suicide?
I'll tell you why: the Church and Agudah are lies.
They lied to you,
hiding behind their pious long white beards, while claiming they are
Gd's representatives to you. They opposed it, because they don't support
the cause or the issue. They believe that predators are fine and that
you are the problem.
It's time to stop supporting them in return.
ALBANY — In the end, state lawmakers protected the predators.
The state Legislature ended the 2016 legislative session about 5 a.m.
Saturday without acting on legislation to help survivors of child sex
An all-night session to wrap up up the legislative year did not lead to
a last-minute miracle that victims and advocates were hoping for.
"The survivors were thrown a tattered raft in this stormy session," said Kathryn Robb, an advocate and sexual abuse survivor.....
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