NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is a renewed push to eliminate New York’s statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes.
Survivors and sponsors of the Child Victims Act say victims need their day in court.READ MORE: Window Of Near-Perfect Weather Gets Tree Sap Flowing At Closest Maple Syrup Producer To New York City
Currently, they have until the age of 23 to file claims. The bill would eliminate that deadline.
Survivors say it often takes years before victims mentally process their abuse.READ MORE: High School Sports Get The Green Light, And The Players At Archbishop Stepinac Are Excited
“There’s so much shame and trauma attached to it, that it often takes a long time before we are able to talk about it,” survivor Steve Jimenez said.
“Without making changes to this law, New York actually shields predators,” New York State Assembly Woman Linda Rosenthal said.MORE NEWS: Long Island Man Shocked By Amazon's Response After He Found Undelivered Packages On Side Of Road; 'It's Not My Stuff To Keep'
The state’s Catholic Conference says it supports eliminating the statues, adding “the Catholic Church in New York State and across the country has a zero-tolerance policy for anyone credibly accused of abusing a child.”