ALBANY Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has joined the chorus of national figures calling on state Senate Republicans to pass the Child Victims Act as part of the state budget later this month.
Moore lent her voice in an opinion piece submitted Thursday to the Daily News.
“These survivors have been ignored by archaic statutes of limitations that do a better job protecting predators than they do their victims,” she wrote.
Moore, who won a best actress Academy Award for her role in “Still Alice” and was nominated four other times, has been a New York City resident since the early 1980s.
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She said she decided to get involved in the Child Victims Act fight after doing research on sexual assault statute of limitations as part of the Time’s Up movement.
Moore wrote that “I was shocked and frankly embarrassed to learn that New York is one of the least victim friendly states in the nation.”
“A handful of special interest groups and lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, with the support of his rank and file members, have ensured it never sees the light of day,” Moore said of the Child Victims Act. “In doing so, they continue to protect sexual predators who are out there, have victimized children in the past–and will continue to do so if allowed to skirt justice.
“The barriers to preventing child sex abuse and holding predators accountable in New York are crystal clear: Flanagan and his fellow Republicans.”
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Under current law, someone sexually abused as a child has until their 23rd birthday to bring a case.
Gov. Cuomo this year for the first time included in his budget proposal provisions that would allow survivors to bring civil cases up to 50 years from the attack and would eliminate the statute of limitations for any felony sexually related offense committed against someone under the age of 18.
It would also would create a one-year window for victims to revive old cases and treat public and private institutions the same when it comes to child abuse.
The Assembly passed different version of the Child Victims Act several times over the past dozen years, including in 2017. The Senate Republican majority has never allowed the bill, which is opposed by such groups as the Catholic Church, Orthodox Jewish community, and the Boy Scouts of America, to the floor for a vote.
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Referencing the #MeToo movement, Moore wrote that “it has taken decades and the support of thousands of women around this country for adult survivors to come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and abuse.”
Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif had no comment.
The state Catholic Conference led by Timothy Cardinal Dolan says it would support a bill that prospectively eliminates the criminal statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases and extends the time frame to bring civil cases. But the Church vehemently opposes a one-year window to revive old cases.
Moore wrote that the window is important “so that victims who were sexually assaulted as children can bring the predators who are still out there, and the organizations that in some cases shielded their conduct, to justice.”
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Moore joins a growing number of well-known figures who have joined the fight for the Child Victims Act. Others include Corey Feldman, who says he was abused as a child actor, Sunny Hostin, a co-host of “The View” who’s also a former federal prosecutor, and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The Daily News reported earlier this week that sisters Deondra and Desirae Brown of the piano ensemble The 5 Browns, also joined the cause. The two women, along with a third sister, were sexually abused by their father, who is currently serving a 10-years to life sentence in Utah.