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2019 January 17

(Albany, NY) On the heels of a standing-room only rally and press conference in Albany Monday which drew almost twenty legislators and dozens of activists and advocates, Gary Greenberg’s Fighting For Children PAC has released a new video ad urging the New York legislature to act quickly on passage of the Child Victims Act.  Greenberg started the PAC several years ago to flip the New York Senate and advocate there for passage of a strong Child Victims Act in order to protect and empower other survivors of sexual abuse, and has since spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money and raised tens of thousands more supporting candidates who support the act.

Greenberg’s ad features a ticking clock, with waves of text including “Every day, 150 kids are sexually abused in New York.  2,700 kids have been abused since January 1st. 483,000 kids have been abused during Governor Cuomo’s term.” Just before an alarm bell rings, snapping the viewer from the poignant lull of the ticking clock, “Our Children are suffering, and time is running out” is displayed on screen along with Greenberg’s PAC website address.  The ad has been released online and will be promoted in some television markets this month, and will accompany radio ads which Greenberg plans to release across the state as well.

“Survivors around the state have spoken clearly: We must pass the Child Victims Act in the first 30 days of the legislative session.  Over a thousand kids are abused in this state every week, that has gone on long enough,” Greenberg exclaimed.

“Governor Cuomo has advocated for a strong Child Victims Act in the past, but never passed it into law.  The Senate will pass the Act this year, putting victims over the church and insurance companies, rather than protecting those corrupt interest by stalling the bill.  The Assembly will pass this bill with great support, as they have in previous sessions. When that happens, Governor Cuomo has pledged to sign the legislature’s bill into law.  We plan to hold him to that promise,” said Connie Altamirano, a survivor/advocate who claims that victims like herself are unanimous in their support of a strong, legislature-initiated version of the Child Victims Act.

“Some survivors have been waiting decades for peace.  Others have passed away and left recorded depositions from their deathbeds, in hopes that laws would someday pass which would give them posthumous justice.  We need protection for New Yorkers from this rampant, systemic sexual abuse of defenseless children. We need laws which will empower victims and end this suffering once and for all,” said Stephen Carpineta, an advocate with the New York Progressive Action Network who has been working with Greenberg to bring attention to this issue among his and other statewide progressive coalitions.

The governor proposed funding for the Child Victims Act in his state budget last week, and made reference to the Act twice in his State of the State Address on Tuesday, quoting pope Francis in his support of bringing abusers to task, regardless of the consequences to the church.

2018 December 10

This year, New Yorkers made history at the polls by electing a Democratic majority in the New York State Senate.  Through the efforts of dozens of coalitions and advocacy groups, in partnership with hundreds of community organizers and tens of thousands of grassroots activists -- New Yorkers have changed the path of history.  

The Fighting for Children PAC, which has been at the forefront of the effort to flip the New York Senate for several years, anticipates that the passage of the Child Victims Act will be one of the first orders of business for the next session of the New York Legislature.  After passing the Assembly several times in the past decade, the Child Victims Act, which has been blocked from a vote in the formerly Republican led State Senate in every case, will likely finally be voted into law when the legislative session re-opens.

Gary Greenberg, founder of the Fighting for Children PAC, said “New Yorkers have spoken tonight at the polls, loudly and clearly.  They’ve said that we will no longer allow our politicians to protect sexual abusers from facing justice, that we will not endanger kids any further by continuing to protect organizations which shelter these abusers, and that we will no longer deny kids of the justice and peace that they deserve.  It’s time to pass the Child Victims Act in New York.”

NYS Senate Democrats claim majority, giving the part a clean sweep of state government - NY Daily News

"The victory means the Democrats now control the state Senate, the Assembly, the offices of governor, attorney general and controller as well as the state’s two U.S. Senate seats.

The win should open the floodgates to a host of legislation that has been blocked by the GOP-controlled chamber for years, Democrats say.

That includes a strengthening of the state’s abortion laws, additional gun control measures, more expansive rent protections, new ethics rules, and passage of a Child Victims Act that would give child sex abuse survivors more time to bring criminal and civil cases as adults."

we must pass the child victims act.

 

For too long, NY’s kids were endangered by a Republican-led State Senate which obstructed justice for child victims by protecting insurance companies, the church and the boy scouts against claims, and maintaining antiquated laws which harm NY’s children.

 
Attitudes towards childhood sexual abuse and victim-blaming have evolved over the years, but the laws in New York State have not. Gary Greenberg is a survivor advocating for the Child Victims Act, a proposal to raise the statue of limitations to file civil suits and criminal charges from age 23 to age 50 for civil suits and 28 for criminal charges.
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