As a survivor of child sexual abuse turned advocate for the Child Victims Act (“CVA”), I have been encouraged each of the three years since I joined the almost 15-year-old cause. Positive developments are happening earlier in each successive Albany legislative session.
Last year Governor Cuomo announced support (albeit somewhat tepid), followed by a late entry program bill. The Assembly passed the CVA by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. This year the Governor included it in his executive budget as did the Assembly. And possibly as a result of polling giving the CVA a 90% approval by the people of New York, including healthy majorities of both Catholics and Republicans, even the Senate put in some vague language mentioning the topic but committing to nothing. As part of the larger issue of Public Safety, the first hearing touching on the topic of child sexual abuse ever was held in Albany….