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Oscar Winning Actress Julianne Moore Calls Out New York State Senators for Blocking Child Victims Act

Julianne Moore: It's time to finally deliver justice for New York's child sex abuse survivors

Julianne Moore is an activist and Oscar-winning actress. (PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN/GETTY IMAGES)

Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore has called out New York State Senators for blocking the Child Victims Act. The actress took to Twitter to urge her followers to directly call Senators Phillips, Amedore, Jacobs, Serino, Larkin, Bonacic, Murphy, Marcellino, and Flanagan and tell them to stop protecting predators and pass the CVA.

Last year, #MeToo exploded into a worldwide form of activism, with women sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment online and off. At its most powerful, the #MeToo movement is transcending social media and making a critical difference in our laws and in our lives.

That’s why activists like myself are uniting New Yorkers across the state to demand the state Senate pass the Child Victims Act, which would finally deliver justice to survivors of childhood sex abuse. These survivors have been ignored by archaic statutes of limitations that do a better job protecting predators than they do their victims.

When I was doing research into the statute of limitations in New York on sexual assault for Time’s Up, I was shocked, and frankly embarrassed, to learn that New York is one of the least victim-friendly states in the nation. Current law prevents survivors of some types of child sex abuse from filing most criminal and civil claims after they turn 23 years old.

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…

Moore wrote in an op-ed in the Daily News

The barriers to preventing child sex abuse and holding predators accountable in New York are crystal clear: Flanagan and his fellow Republicans.

At a time when the struggles and hardships of women and children who have been sexually abused and harassed are becoming more apparent as victims find the courage to come forward, it is baffling these elected officials are acting as a roadblock.

Many don’t know that the #MeToo movement started more than a decade ago as a way to let sexual assault victims know they weren’t alone, no matter how hurt or debilitated they felt.

When it comes to sexual abuse and assault, children are the most vulnerable. We need to change the laws in New York to allow our children the time they need to come forward and to expose the predators who have committed these assaults and got away with it. The Child Victims Act is a piece of legislation that can show how we are truly entering a new era in addressing and adjudicating sexual assault, particularly for our most vulnerable.

Moore continued in her Daily News Op-Ed

Moore said in an op-ed in the Daily News on Friday that she was “shocked” to learn that New York is one of the least victim-friendly states in the nation.

Advocates for survivors of sex abuse have urged New York’s state legislature to pass the Child Victims Act.

The act would extend criminal and civil statutes of limitations. It also would create a one-year window for victims to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers even if the current statute of limitations on civil suits has passed.

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