It's been nearly three months since New York's Child Victims Act became law. Victims and advocates had been fighting lobbyists and some politicians for 13 years. New York's Catholic Conference and the Boy Scouts of America, perhaps not surprisingly, were among its most ardent opponents.
Among the victims of child sex abuse who are hoping to finally get some justice thanks to New York's Child Victims Act are former Boy Scouts. As soon as the law took effect last month, attorneys began filing suits on behalf of men who say they were assaulted by scout leaders as well as more senior scouts and others involved in the organization when they were boys.
The women who accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of rape, sexual abuse and related crimes won't get to see the alleged sex trafficker go to trial in New York after he took his own life in jail last month. However, some are attempting to get justice in the only way they can -- by suing his estate. That estate is valued at a minimum of $577 million, according to a will he signed just days before his death.
In approximately six weeks (on Aug. 15), New York's Child Victims Act will take effect -- just months after being signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The purpose of the law is to deal with our state's statutes of limitations on civil and criminal legal accountability for these crimes -- which are among the most restrictive in the country. Let's take a look at what this law means for survivors of child sex abuse.
Last year, former patients of a once-esteemed endocrinologist who had practiced at Rockefeller University Hospital received a letter stating that the hospital had evidence of multiple cases of sexual molestation by the growth specialist, who worked at the New York City research hospital from the 1940s until 1982.
Many people would assume that firehouses are among the safest workplaces around. However, last year, one veteran firefighter with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) noted that the building where he worked in Queens had no automated external defibrillator (AED). He believed it should, so he submitted a request to management and the AED was installed.
Despite opposition from church leaders and the insurance industry, New York ultimately passed the Child Victims Act in late January. The CVA allows survivors of childhood sexual abuse a broader window to seek justice.
Human error and mechanical problems are two of the most common reasons why car accidents occur. For instance, if a driver is under the influence of alcohol, that is generally seen as human error. The same could be true if a driver was in an unfamiliar part of New York state and was distracted looking at street signs. If an individual is traveling too fast for road conditions, that would also be human error.
New York residents should consider the tips offered by AAA and the National Safety Council when it comes to safe winter driving. First, vehicles must be made ready for cold conditions. A mechanic could check components like the brakes, ignition and battery while also assessing tire wear, tire pressure and antifreeze levels. Drivers should also know the function of safety features like anti-lock braking, which comes in handy during this season.
When people in New York head out onto the road, they may face unexpected dangers from the most unlikely of places. While few people think of a clear day as a driving hazard, the bright sun glare that can accompany a rising or setting sun can make it difficult for drivers to see, leading to traffic snarls and dangerous crashes. Indeed, the risk of a car accident is 16 percent greater in bright sunlight than in average weather. However, there are tips that drivers can keep in mind to improve their safety.