First fix the flaws in Child Victims Act
The Adult Survivors Act that is before the state legislature will bring more harm than good to adult survivors of sexual assault.
While the Child Victims Act has helped thousands file a civil claim in court against their abuser or institution involved, it also has thousands of victims disillusioned with the process.
We have found that if an abuser is not wealthy and your case doesn’t involve a rich abuser or institution, no lawyer will take your case to court.
I personally have heard from many victims how frustrating it is to think you had a shot at justice then calling multiple lawyers to be rejected.
Few CVA cases filed have been settled or gone to a jury after almost two years.
In fact, 96% of cases filed from state court records involve a wealthy abuser or rich institution like the Boy Scouts or religious organization.
In real life 95% of abuse that occurs involves no wealthy abuser or institution. There has been zero rural or inner-city, non-institution cases filed so far despite 90% of abuse taking place in these locations.
A victim’s compensation fund must be included in new legislation. Also, lawyers specializing in assault cases should be doing pro bono work.
A percentage of lawyers’ winnings can go into the fund to help all victims gain justice. The Legislature needs, as asked, to hold a hearing on the CVA.
The state Legislature must fix the flaws in the Child Victims Act before passing the Adult Survivors Act.
Gary A. Greenberg
The writer is founder of Fighting for Children PAC -ProtectNYKids Inc.
U.S. must curb its many interventions
There are a number of issues our country faces today that, even though they may seem unrelated, turn out to have one major factor in common.
I’m thinking of such issues as violence directed at the United States by Al Qaeda and ISIS, the fact that Iran has such very strong anti-American policies, and the fact that the majority of people trying to get into the United States across our Mexican border come from three countries: Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
What do they have in common?
They’re all related to the fact that our country has seen fit to interfere in those regions and meddle in their affairs.
What we see as problems are the result of our many interventions in those regions. In some cases, Iran, for example, we overthrew an elected government years ago and imposed a brutal dictatorship on them that would act more favorably to the United States.
The ayatollahs came to power in Iran by overthrowing the government we forced on them.
No wonder they dislike us. We have intervened so many times in Central America that we have created such anarchy and chaos there that huge numbers are fleeing to escape the conditions we helped create.
As a country we are far too prone to use subversion or military force to get the results we want.
And those results very often come back to haunt us years later and create problems worse than the problems we thought we were fixing with our interventions.
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