Bill Donahue is at it again, or should I say still at it. Cardinal Dolan’s top troll is once again disfiguring the truth to tell the sad tale of the wealthiest and most influential institution the world has ever seen being mistreated by the greedy and unscrupulous survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Abuse that was known about, and to this day is being kept hidden by the elite hierarchy of the rich and powerful Roman Catholic Church, protecting themselves rather than our children….
NY Pass CVA
February 15, 2018
Contact: Becky Stern, 516 581 5707 and firstname.lastname@example.org
New York State Catholic Conference Blocks Access to Justice for Sex Abuse Survivors
Testifies at budget hearing on Child Victims Act, opposes look-back window for survivors
Today’s Quinnipiac poll finds that 90% of New Yorkers support the Child Victims Act
The New York State Catholic Conference just released its testimony from the Joint Legislative Hearing regarding the 2018-2019 Public Protection Budget, which addressed the Child Victims Act (CVA).
While the Conference supports a prospective extension of the criminal statute of limitations for survivors, it hypocritically continues to reject providing any avenue of relief for survivors over the age of 23 whose claims have expired, claiming:…
After almost two years of advocating for the Child Victims Act (“CVA”) in New York State, I have seen the disingenuous and misleading arguments the Catholic Church uses to block the CVA from moving forward. They are pouring millions of dollars into lobbying to keep the CVA from being debated (on its merits) in the NY State Senate, much less allowing a vote. And the so-called “lookback window” is especially problematic for them.
The Catholic Church has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and supports proposals in the New York State Legislature to extend the time allowed under the law to file criminal charges or civil lawsuits against those who abuse children.
Sexual abuse is a societal scourge. It knows no boundaries. Protecting children from sexual abuse and safeguarding the legal rights of victims requires a comprehensive approach.
If the preceding statement was remotely true, how could the church justify blocking the CVA because it fears repercussions from the estimated 4% of child sexual abuse cases it is responsible for, but in so doing it is preventing access to justice for the other 96% of victims, just to preserve its own reputation and ensure its own survival….
And something needs to be done!When I first went public as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I intentionally refrained from attacking the Catholic Church. I would say the abuse happened in a prestigious all-boys private high school but would not mention it by name or that it was a Catholic school. I was still thinking that child abusers were individual sick people and the institutions that gave them access to their victims had no culpability for their actions. How could they have known? It would not be right to hold them responsible for a few bad apples in their basket? In my correspondence with the officials of the school where the abuse took place, I went so far as to write:…
Thank you, Chairpersons Senator Cathy Young and Assembly Member Helene Weinstein for this opportunity to be heard.
My name is Brian Toale, I am 64 years old and live in New York City. I grew up in Nassau County, on Long Island. At the start of my senior year in high school, I was skillfully groomed, manipulated with a dare and ultimately maneuvered into being sexually abused by a school appointed moderator of an extra-curricular club I belonged to. His name was Frank Lind. The abuse lasted until I graduated, 9 months later. My abuser routinely took Polaroid photographs and used them to methodically escalate sexual acts. He controlled me by threatening to expose them to my friends, classmates and worst of all my family who would not only be ashamed of me but shamed themselves.
As someone who experienced childhood sexual abuse at age 16 and didn’t report it publicly until age 62, I am grateful to the New York Times for shining a light on the issue. It is not hard to see it is much more difficult for children to come forward and name their abusers when the #MeToo movement reveals how even adults don’t come forward because of shame or fear of reprisal.
The extremely short window given to victims of child sexual abuse to find justice in New York State is both unjust and punitive.
As someone who experienced childhood sexual abuse at age 16 and didn’t report it publicly until age 62, I am grateful to Newsday for shining a light on the importance of the Child Victims Act (“CVA”) and specifically, for calling attention to the significance of the “lookback window.”
The CVA allows a survivor of child sexual abuse, for whom the statute of limitations has already expired, the ability to sue their abuser. Denying legal recourse to survivors removes a powerful tool that could be used to identify, if not prosecute, those who prey on children sexually. When not exposed in a civil suit or through criminal charges, perpetrators of child sexual abuse do not lose their access to vulnerable children who they will continue to target. We know they do not stop unless and until they are caught.
Your 2018 State of the State address was inspiring. It is a progressive rallying call in an age of regressive nationalism and fake conservatism. My fellow advocates and I eagerly anticipated each and every word you said. The words were compelling. So impactful that I want to read them back to you, to explain why we were so bitterly disappointed by them.
Today marks the eighth time that I’ve had the opportunity to discuss the State of the State.”
Those of us hoping to hear mention of the Child Victims Act (CVA) were doing so for the 12th consecutive year and had our highest hopes yet that you would muster the political leadership and moral courage to include the CVA in your address. You went on to say