Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are hailing the passage of the Child Victims Act at the New York State Capitol, which will give victims their day in court.
At a rally at the Capitol, survivors and their advocates celebrated just before the vote was held in the state Senate and Assembly.
Michael Polenberg with Safe Horizons, a group that provides social services for victims of abuse and violent crime, said survivors have had a long wait for justice.
“For too long, we’ve had one of the most restrictive laws in the nation,” Polenberg said. “And that changes today.”