Cuomo: Child Victims Act to be included in 2019 executive budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks Aug. 7 at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday the Child Victims Act will be included in the 2019 Executive Budget.

This legislation ensures those who abuse children are held accountable criminally and civilly and that survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a path to justice. Governor Cuomo advocated for passage of the Child Victims Act last legislative session but Senate Republicans refused to bring it to the floor for a vote. Cuomo included the Child Victims Act as part of his Justice Agenda for the first 100 days of the new legislative session.

“There has been a degradation of justice for childhood sexual assault survivors who have suffered for decades by the authority figures they trusted most. That ends this year with the enactment of the Child Victims Act to provide survivors with a long-overdue path to justice,” Cuomo said. “For years Senate Republicans unconscionably blocked passage of this critical bill, but in partnership with a new progressive legislative majority we have an opportunity to ensure perpetrators of these heinous acts are held accountable and that survivors of childhood sexual abuse get their day in court.”