Similar legislation to this year’s "Child Victim’s Act" has had the support of both the NYS Governor and the NYS Attorney General, and routinely has passed in the NYS Assembly --- and year after year after year, it has been blocked in the Republican controlled NYS Senate
John Quaglione, State Senator Martin Golden’s deputy chief of staff and his chosen spokesperson on this issue, said that Golden and his fellow Republican State Senators are fully committed to helping victims of child sex abuse obtain justice --- in spite of the fact that Marty Golden, his boss, is absolutely opposed to the best piece of legislation for giving sexual abuse victims justice
GOLDEN’S LONG OPPOSITION TO THE “CHILD VICTIMS ACT” AND SIMILAR LEGISLATION IS REASON ENOUGH TO VOTE AGAINST HIM FOR RE-ELECTION
Maybe you missed it, but victims of child sex abuse rallied last month outside state Sen. Martin Golden's office in Bay Ridge…. The demonstrators voiced their anger at Golden for his refusal to support a proposed piece of legislation to extend the time victims have to report such crimes. They claim he is protecting abusers and failing victims…. The Child Victims Act would give victims of child sex abuse more time to come forward and file charges against their alleged abuser. Currently, most victims have until the age of 23 to come forward…. ‘We are losing the vast majority of victims because the courthouse is shut before they're even ready to come forward,’ said Marci Hamilton, CEO of Child USA…. Survivors of child sex abuse say it could take decades to grapple with the pain and come forward…. ‘Why should predators be protected by the passage of time, but victims continue to suffer endlessly?’ ask[ed] Kathryn Robb, a child sex abuse survivor. ‘It's insanity.’…" (See “Child sex abuse survivors rally in Bay Ridge” by Staff writers/producers, 2/26/18, News12Brooklyn, [http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/37596250/child-sex-abuse-survivors-rally-in-bay-ridge]).
As part of his response, John Quaglione said this: “…. Everyone agrees that everything should be done to help those who have been sexually abused from being a victim to being a survivor [sic]….” After that, Marty Golden’s communications guy, this time referred to only as a “spokesperson,” quickly descended into dissembling, and doing what he seems to do best, being a big blathermouth……
In another article about that rally outside SSMG’s office on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, the key proponent of the most current version of the proposed legislation was quoted by Paula Katinas, as follows: “Marci Hamilton, a founding member of New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators and the CEO of the group CHILD USA, said New York State has among the most restrictive child sex abuse laws in the country. As a result, Hamilton said, the law offers more protection to sexual predators than to victims…. ‘The Child Victims Act will break the hidden culture of abuse that plagues our communities, while also giving victims their day in court. The state Senate should follow Gov. Cuomo’s lead in embracing the importance of this bill and putting it up for a vote. The Child Victims Act will shine a spotlight on thousands of New York's hidden predators and put power back into the hands of victims,’ Hamilton said in a statement….” ( See “Sex abuse survivors demand GOP support for bill” Paula Katinas, 2/27/18, The Brooklyn Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/2/27/sex-abuse-survivors-demand-gop-support-bill]).
Paula K. also reported on Quaglione’s blather in defense of the indefensible.