Child Abuse

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Advocates for victims of child sexual abuse and violence are reminding survivors about the chance to file lawsuits for abuse that took place years or decades ago.  Groups that support children are spreading a reminder about New York’s Child Victim’s Act.

The sexual assault and human trafficking case of Jeffrey Epstein could help other victims of assaults get support or more information about taking legal actions in their cases.  Another victim came forward Wednesday to say she was lured to Epstein’s home and then raped. 

Go Blue 4 Kids Campaign Kicks Off for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Mar 29, 2019

Members of the local support system that help child abuse victims in Central New York gathered Friday in Syracuse to point out the significance of the next calendar month.

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Victims of abuse in Central New York and across the state might find solace in the new Child Victims Act that was passed in the state legislature today. Up until this point, the statute of limitations on a sexual abuse crime ran out when the victim turned 23.  Monday, that age was increased to 55 for a civil statute and 28 for a criminal statute.

A bill that would give victims of child sexual assault a window to bring old cases against their abusers is stalled in Albany.  A group advocating for the Child Victims Act is raising awareness about the measure in hopes of countering opponents of the bill … and perhaps making New York safer for kids. 

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Last year the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse saw over a thousand children from Onondaga County who are victims of abuse.  The facility's unique approach is being highlighted to focus more attention on child abuse and its prevention.

New Details Released in Oswego County Child Abuse Case

Sep 1, 2017
Oswego County Sheriff's Office

More details are out about the incredible case of alleged abuse against two children in the Oswego County town of Albion. It’s resulted in abuse and child endangerment charges against four people.  Oswego County Under-Sheriff Gene Sullivan says after reports of months of abuse of a ten-year-old, the investigation is looking for details.

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Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is looking for a pediatrician who might also be interested in learning how to treat victims of child abuse and neglect.  It’s the first-ever fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at Upstate, and only the second in New York.

Director of the fellowship program Dr. Ann Botash says it makes sense to have at least one fellow in the field here in Syracuse. 

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The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse is one of three dozen across the state that can apply for a share of $10 million for the investigation of child abuse cases.  The grants would cover the cost of paying a trained forensic interviewer and video recording equipment.

Over 200 law enforcement agents, medical professionals, therapists, and educators gathered at the Oncenter to learn about ways to protect children from physical and sexual abuse.  The Stand Against Child Abuse Conference took place Tuesday in Syracuse.