|VOTF New York Released the Following Statement Supporting Passage of the NY Child Victims Act
Voice of the Faithful
April 22, 2009
When the State of California instituted reforms similar to those currently proposed in New York, it allowed victims to bring some 1,000 new cases and uncovered 300 previously hidden predators. Identifying more predators means that more children are protected from abuse.
Critics of this legislation contend that it discriminates against private institutions like the Catholic Church by giving public institutions special treatment. Voice of the Faithful New York believes that all institutions, public and private, should be treated with absolute equality, and would be in favor of companion legislation that would suspend the provisions giving special treatment to public institutions under New York State law for the same one-year window. Having the one-year "window" apply equally to all institutions would serve justice for all. Voice of the Faithful New York does not support legislative remedies that fail to include the one-year window.
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