Child Sexual 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.

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It was an emotional day Wednesday as hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors filed lawsuits in New York courts on the start of a one year window of opportunity for victims to seek civil action against their abusers.

Victims of child sexual abuse in New York have a window to bring charges against abusers starting today that had been closed due to statutes of limitations.  It can take years for a survivor to come forward.

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. 

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Governor Cuomo Thursday was able to tell survivors of child sexual abuse that after more than a decade, the state is standing with them. 

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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.

Couple from St. Lawrence County Sentenced For Child Exploitation

Dec 17, 2015
Saint Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

  A couple from Saint Lawrence County was sentenced Thursday to hundreds of years in prison for the exploitation of six children, including two girls abducted from their family’s  roadside vegetable stand in August 2014. 

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian sentenced 39-year-old Steven Howells II to 580 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to all 21 federal charges, which consisted of conspiracy to sexually exploit minors, 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, involving six victims, and five counts of possession of child pornography. 

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The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center provided a clear picture of the children and families they serve with the organization’s first ever Annual Report to the community.  It includes  information about the non-profit organization such as new community programs, statistics, information regarding Child Abuse Prevention Month, and methods the center uses in its efforts to help the children and families they serve.