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NY Lawmakers, Victims Push For Right To Sue Child Molesters

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New Yorkers who were molested as children have joined lawmakers at an Albany rally to push for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees repeated victims.

Lawmakers say their prospects are improving with a recent change in legislative leadership in Albany. They also credit Massachusetts' passage two years ago of a similar measure and the recent Academy Award-winning film "Spotlight" about priest abuse of boys in Boston.

Their effort has faced years of opposition from the Catholic Church and other institutions.

A dozen victims who spoke at a forum Wednesday recounted sex abuse by sports coaches, clergy and older family members. Most said it took years into their adulthood to begin to process what happened.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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