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Letter: End time limit for sex-offender lawsuits

A jail cell.

A jail cell. Credit: iStock

Most people don’t realize that 9 out of 10 sex offenders never see a day behind bars for their crimes [“Episcopal priest fired after child porn arrest,” News, Feb. 5].

Statutes of limitations keep most victims of child sexual abuse from pressing charges. Research shows survivors need, on average, decades to talk about their abuse. Research also shows that sex offenders will abuse, on average, 50 to 100 victims in their lifetime, so stopping sex offenders at any time is critical to protecting children.

The Child Victims Act would eliminate New York’s statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. It would give past victims one year to sue their abusers, making their names and crimes available to the public.

The State Legislature should pass this act to protect children on Long Island and in the rest of the state.

Melanie Blow, Rochester

Editor’s note: The writer is the chief operating officer for the Stop Abuse Campaign, an advocacy and education organization.