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Victims demand urgent passage of Child Victims Act

Child molestation victims are demanding that New York state lawmakers pass the long-stalled Child Victims Act within 30 days.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 12:28 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Child molestation victims are demanding that New York state lawmakers pass the long-stalled Child Victims Act within 30 days.

Several abuse survivors came to Albany Monday to call for quick action on the bill, which would extend statutes of limitations to give victims more time to seek criminal charges or sue their abusers. The act would also create a one-year window for victims to file lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations.

The act was blocked for years by Senate Republicans, but with Democrats now in charge it's expected to pass. The Catholic Church warns the litigation window could have crippling financial effects.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to include the act in the state budget, which would delay passage until April. Supporters say victims shouldn't have to wait.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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