May 2008 Is Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month
An Assembly resolution, introduced by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, declares May 2008 as "Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month in New York." Sixty other members of the Assembly joined Markey in sponsoring the designation.
The declaration, which has gone to Governor David Paterson, will also put a spotlight on Assemblywoman Markey's legislation (A4560-B, The Child Victims' Act of NY) to provide greater justice for victims of childhood sex abuse.
Under the current law, the criminal statue of limitations in child sexual abuse cases when the crime is not reported to law enforcement is not applied until the victim reaches age 18. The Markey bill would extend the threshold age to 23, adding five years to the statute, with similar provisions for civil actions. Her bill also provides for a one-time one year window for victims of any age to seek civil damages in past instances of child sexual abuse.
The Child Victims' Act of New York, which already received Assembly approval in 2005, 2006 and 2007, will be presented for a new Assembly vote in the coming weeks. A companion bill in the State Senate is sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland.