We are only a countable amount of days left before the state budget is finalized and passed. For child abuse survivor, Mary Ellen O’loughlin of Ganesvoort New York, it weighs very heavy on her and her family if or not the Child Victims Act would be passed or not. The bill would allow O’loughlin to seek justice from her step-father, after undergone years of abuse by him as a child.
The Child Victims Act allows victims to have their day in court with their abusers, even if the abuse occurred years ago in childhood. Most sexually abused children do not come forward until adulthood (or sometimes, ever).
“For someone that you trust to violate your body… it’s devastating.” Mary Ellen says. “I look back at pictures and they’re sad pictures. Those are not memories that I want,” she follows. But it is not her own traumatic past that haunts her every day. She lives with the fact of knowing that she was not the only one being abused in her household, but her siblings as well.
Mary Ellen has been a therapy patient for years due to her abuse, and now she is ready to face her abuser and file against him. However, this would only be possible if the Child Victims Act is passed in the budget.
Assemblywoman, Patricia Fahy has come out in support for this bill to be passed. Fahy stated that she wishes our politicians would sympathize more with victims, rather than the pedophiles. The passing of this bill would be a giant step towards that.
The budget will be closed this Sunday, on Easter. Advocates for the bill say that they will continue to pursue their rights if it is not passed.
If you have been a victim of sexual abuse or any kind of abuse, please contact our attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP at 800-403-6191 or through our website at www.fightforvictims.com. Our attorneys are sympathetic to your story, and believe that your voice deserves to be heard. We commit ourselves fully to all of our clients, and in doing so, will hold your abuser responsibility for any and all pain they have inflicted on you then and now.