Sexual Abuse


Sex Abuse Victims Blast Lawmakers, Insurance Company For Lobbying Against Child Victims Act

April 12, 2018 - 3:52 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Victims of child sex abuse are blasting Albany lawmakers and a major insurance company for lobbying against a bill that would make it easier for adult victims of child sex abuse to sue or bring charges against their attackers.

“This is about keeping children safe,” said Kat Sullivan.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Sullivan said she was raped as a student by a male teacher at the prestigious Emma Willard School in upstate Troy, but had absolutely no recourse.

She joined other victims and lawmakers outsiders the New York headquarters of the Zurich Insurance Company, which lobbied against the Child Victims Act.

“Enough is enough. No more excuses,” said state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan). “Ninety percent of New Yorkers support the Child Victims Act.”

Hoylman is urging his fellow Democratic lawmakers to revive the act, which would extend the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan went to Albany before the budget was passed and lobbied against the act, saying it would lead to a flurry of lawsuits against the Catholic Church.