New York City, N.Y., Jan 3, 2019 / 19:01 pm
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York wrote in a recent an op-ed that while he fully supports victims of sexual abuse, proposed legal reforms in the state should be crafted so as support all victims, whether their abuser was part of a public or private institution.
"I believe it is important to strengthen the Child Victims Act to ensure that all victim-survivors are the center of this much-needed legislation," Dolan wrote in the New York Daily News Dec. 31.
The Child Victims Act is a proposed measure that would give survivors until age 50 to report sexual abuse as a minor. Under current state law, alleged survivors of abuse cannot file a claim after they turn 23.
The New York legislature is now under Democratic control, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said passing this bill is one of his priorities for the coming year.