ALBANY, N.Y. — Survivors of childhood molestation have made their annual trip to Albany to urge Republican state lawmakers to allow victims to sue for decades-old abuse — and they say their 11-year effort could be nearing a successful conclusion.
The Child Victims Act would extend criminal and civil statutes of limitations going forward and give victims a one-year window to file civil lawsuits against abusers if the existing statute of limitations has passed.
The measure is backed by the Democratic-controlled Assembly and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo but has been repeatedly blocked by the Republican-led Senate.
Supporters say national attention on sexual misconduct is improving the bill’s chances. They say they will keep pressuring Senate Leader John Flanagan until he allows a vote.
Flanagan’s spokesman did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.