B’klyn pol: Child Vics? I’m con­fused

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY KEN­NETH LOVETT

AL­BANY — Sen. Martin Golden played dumb at a Wed­nes­day night can­di­dates fo­rum over the Child Vic­tims Act bill de­signed to help vic­tims of child sex abuse seek jus­tice as adults.

Asked if he’d sup­port the mea­sure, Golden (R-Brook­lyn) acted like he’s never heard of it de­spite years of ag­gres­sive lob­by­ing by vic­tims and ad­vo­cates, a Daily News cru­sade and his con­fer­ence dis­cussing it re­peat­edly over the past two years.

“What is the Child Vic­tims, what are you talk­ing about?” Golden (photo) asked the ques­tioner, who said she was a child sex abuse sur­vivor. “Ma’am, what hap­pens is, there are so many def­i­ni­tions and so many pieces of leg­is­la­tion, I’m not sure which one you’re talk­ing about.”

Golden’s Demo­cratic op­po­nent, An­drew Gounardes, said at the fo­rum he sup­ports the Child Vic­tims Act and urged, “Marty, do your home­work.”

Sen. Brad Hoyl­man (D-Man­hat­tan), prime spon­sor of the Child Vic­tims Act, didn’t at­tend the fo­rum but called Golden’s com­ments “an in­sult to sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies. Marty Golden is ei­ther not shar­ing the truth with his con­stituents or he’s not up to do­ing the job of sen­a­tor any longer.”

Se­nate GOP spokes­woman Candice Giove said in re­cent years the gover­nor and dif­fer­ent mem­bers in the Assem­bly and Se­nate have had dif­fer­ence ver­sions of the act.

“The fact is that so many ver­sions of the Child Vic­tims Act ex­ist that Sen. Golden is right to ask for clar­i­fi­ca­tion from a con­stituent, and any at­tempt to sen­sa­tion­al­ize this is down­right wrong,” Giove said.

While there are al­ter­na­tive bills to ad­dress deal­ing with adult sur­vivors of child sex abuse, the one re­ferred to by vic­tims, ad­vo­cates and Demo­cratic leg­is­la­tors over the past year as the Child Vic­tims Act is the one that would give vic­tims more time to bring crim­i­nal and civil cases and cre­ate a one-year win­dow to re­vive old cases that are time-barred un­der cur­rent law. The bill has been rou­tinely blocked by the Se­nate GOP.

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