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Albany, NY - Supporters Of Child Victims Act Cautiously Optimistic After 2 Hour Meeting With Cuomo

Published on: May 20, 2016 10:49 AM
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Albany, NY - Optimism was in the air yesterday for supporters of the Child Victims Act, as Governor Cuomo spent two hours meeting with survivors of childhood abuse in Manhattan.

As previously reported on VIN News(http://goo.gl/Y636ZJ), Cuomo’s announcement this week that he supports eliminating the statute of limitations that prevents adults older than 23 from bringing charges against those who molested them came after the governor was slammed by victims for ignoring their cause.

Yesterday’s meeting was the second such sit down between Cuomo, advocates and abuse survivors as reported by the Daily News.  Cuomo, whose girlfriend Sandra Lee underwent surgery yesterday, had not originally been scheduled to attend the meeting, but the governor decided to return to his Manhattan office for the meeting, a gesture that made a strong impression on participants.

“We were moved by the fact that he saw us with his significant other in the hospital,” said advocate Marci Hamilton.

Cuomo pledged his support to the Child Victims Act despite opposition from both the Catholic Church and certain groups within the Orthodox Jewish community.

“I’m hopeful,” said Michael Polenberg, president of Safe Horizon, a victims’ assistance agency.  “A lot of important information was shared; a lot of powerful stories were shared. He was with us for a long time.”

Kathryn Robb, of the Massachusetts based Citizens for Children and also an abuse survivor, said that it was evident that Cuomo cared deeply about the issues.

“He gave me hope in leadership,” said Robb.

Cuomo’s meeting comes in stark contrast to vague statements from both Assembly speaker Carl Heastie and Senate majority leader John Flanagan.  Supporters of the Child Victims Act criticized state legislators for their inaction on the bill.

“I don’t think the issue is how legislators feel about it,” said abuse survivor Stephen Jiminez. “I think the issue is that it is really time right now, given the large number of sponsors, for this bill to be taken to the floor for a vote.”


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 May 20, 2016 at 11:07 AM Anonymous Says:

Terrible law that will hurt alot of innocent people and organizations. Let me make it clear I am all for protecting the victim. Offenders should be prosecuted. But any time you enact such a law you must ensure that all human lives are protected. The victim should be able to go after his/her offender but those being accused should have the abilty to defend themselves and have normal trials. Often in these cases the assumed offender is presumed to be guilty before the trial even begins. Its automatically an uphill battle for him. And often he must take a plea because he does not have 100k for lawyer fees to fight it.
So is it important to extend the statue of limitations? 100%. But make sure the individual being prosecuted gets a fair trial at the same time

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 May 20, 2016 at 12:04 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Cuomo only follows the money so I guess lawyers donated to him.

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 May 20, 2016 at 12:12 PM hashem yerachem Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Terrible law that will hurt alot of innocent people and organizations. Let me make it clear I am all for protecting the victim. Offenders should be prosecuted. But any time you enact such a law you must ensure that all human lives are protected. The victim should be able to go after his/her offender but those being accused should have the abilty to defend themselves and have normal trials. Often in these cases the assumed offender is presumed to be guilty before the trial even begins. Its automatically an uphill battle for him. And often he must take a plea because he does not have 100k for lawyer fees to fight it.
So is it important to extend the statue of limitations? 100%. But make sure the individual being prosecuted gets a fair trial at the same time

I second that, unfortunately alot of these cases are just disaffected youth that have an issue with someone or with society, and they make up stories, and in other instances they blow out of proportion small incidents, as if their whole life was changed because some minor incident, and the authorities are happy to pretend the victim isnt lying, either because they want to secure enough convictions for their career advancement or because they hate Jews and /or people in general, also unfortunately we Jews suffer from sinas chinam, some of us are big haters, they always criticize everyone and fight with everyone, and this is just another opportunity to hate, bash, and destroy, so i pray to hashem that this law never passes, on the contrary, someone like the feds should take a good hard look at the way these cases are treated, i also that in boro park the cops believe guys and girls dont have the right to talk to each other and its actually "harassment"...unless you know the girl from before,(this is a subject for itself that deserves attention) so yes we are dealing with haters here, and this is the same system that pretends to care for the honor of Jewish boys and girls.

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 May 20, 2016 at 03:11 PM #1 Says:

Well thier argument is that it has to be extended because often when the assault occurs one is a minor. Since the statue is only till they are 23 it doesn't allow victims a fiar enough amount of time to fully press chargers against criminals. After all one is not really mature yet at 18 even though its the offical adult age. Plus often victims don't relaize the extent of their damage till they try having meaningful relationships with others IE marriage which may not occur till past age 23.

Personally I understand their point well. I think they do need more space to go after these sickos. But at the same time it has to be well thought it. It can't be designed in a manner that won't protect an accusers rights to a fair trial. The system is already rigged against anyone being accused. I think we really have to sit down and rewrite all the laws in this issue so that victims and potential accusers rights are better protected than under the current system.

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 May 20, 2016 at 05:28 PM Esther Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Terrible law that will hurt alot of innocent people and organizations. Let me make it clear I am all for protecting the victim. Offenders should be prosecuted. But any time you enact such a law you must ensure that all human lives are protected. The victim should be able to go after his/her offender but those being accused should have the abilty to defend themselves and have normal trials. Often in these cases the assumed offender is presumed to be guilty before the trial even begins. Its automatically an uphill battle for him. And often he must take a plea because he does not have 100k for lawyer fees to fight it.
So is it important to extend the statue of limitations? 100%. But make sure the individual being prosecuted gets a fair trial at the same time

Since you've posted basically the same post so many times, I can tell you ,with out reservation,we get it. You don't understand the criminal justice system at all and if someone says they pleaded guilty to child molestation but they weren't really guilty ,they're lying.

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 May 20, 2016 at 05:30 PM Esther Says:

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hashem yerachem Says:

I second that, unfortunately alot of these cases are just disaffected youth that have an issue with someone or with society, and they make up stories, and in other instances they blow out of proportion small incidents, as if their whole life was changed because some minor incident, and the authorities are happy to pretend the victim isnt lying, either because they want to secure enough convictions for their career advancement or because they hate Jews and /or people in general, also unfortunately we Jews suffer from sinas chinam, some of us are big haters, they always criticize everyone and fight with everyone, and this is just another opportunity to hate, bash, and destroy, so i pray to hashem that this law never passes, on the contrary, someone like the feds should take a good hard look at the way these cases are treated, i also that in boro park the cops believe guys and girls dont have the right to talk to each other and its actually "harassment"...unless you know the girl from before,(this is a subject for itself that deserves attention) so yes we are dealing with haters here, and this is the same system that pretends to care for the honor of Jewish boys and girls.

The ignorance on this thread is astounding. The truth is simply to painful to bare for many.

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 May 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM hashem yerachem Says:

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Esther Says:

Since you've posted basically the same post so many times, I can tell you ,with out reservation,we get it. You don't understand the criminal justice system at all and if someone says they pleaded guilty to child molestation but they weren't really guilty ,they're lying.

He Does actually get the system very well, just follow actual cases and you will see, its very easy to accuse someone, and sometimes its easier to plead guilty and get a reduced sentence than to deny it without good attorney representation, you seem to be naive and think that the government is your friend, well they are not, and this is not as free a country as you think it is, money is more powerful than truth here, it might be better than prewar Germany or current Iran but it still isnt as good as you think.

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 May 22, 2016 at 12:21 AM Esther Says:

Reply to #8  
hashem yerachem Says:

He Does actually get the system very well, just follow actual cases and you will see, its very easy to accuse someone, and sometimes its easier to plead guilty and get a reduced sentence than to deny it without good attorney representation, you seem to be naive and think that the government is your friend, well they are not, and this is not as free a country as you think it is, money is more powerful than truth here, it might be better than prewar Germany or current Iran but it still isnt as good as you think.

Of course the government is only good when they're giving food stamps,section 8 etc to thousands of frum Jews.

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 May 22, 2016 at 12:45 AM jack-l Says:

Shavua Tov. No rachmonos for someone that touches a child.
However long It takes for the vicitim to find their voice.so be it.
And last ,you must let the proper authorities deal with this horror.
The rabbis and the rest of the collective leadership in our schools and shuls have done an incredibly poor job. Seems no place including my town is immune.
Times have changed.

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 May 22, 2016 at 01:18 AM alesgits Says:

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jack-l Says:

Shavua Tov. No rachmonos for someone that touches a child.
However long It takes for the vicitim to find their voice.so be it.
And last ,you must let the proper authorities deal with this horror.
The rabbis and the rest of the collective leadership in our schools and shuls have done an incredibly poor job. Seems no place including my town is immune.
Times have changed.

the only thing is, that you dont know if he really touched that child, and the government will most likely take the side of the accuser, so you dont want to give them to much power, just imagine if you are in an elevator with a woman and you make a comment she doesnt like and she accused you of touching her, first they will arrest you and then after that there is a good chance they will believe the woman, i don't know which planet you live on but on this planet earth in the year 2016 this is the sad reality we live in, so you dont want to give to much power to these people, even thou sometimes these crimes do occur but unfortunately false accusations abound, so there has to be proper moderation, the statue of limitation is a good moderation

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