The New York Child Victims Act, which creates a one year window for litigation of child sex abuse claims that were previously barred by New York State law, just went into effect. The law was long blocked by Republicans in the Senate, in support of the biggest bunch of child molesters around, but now that Democrats are in charge, things have changed:
The one-year litigation window for past claims now barred by the statute of limitations has been the sticking point, with large private institutions such as the Catholic Church warning that it could cause catastrophic financial harm to any organization that cares for children. A similar law in California, passed in 2002, resulted in Catholic dioceses there paying $1.2 billion in settlements.
The church dropped its opposition to the act last week, however, when the act was revised to treat public and private schools and entities the same. In a joint statement on the bill’s passage, the state’s Catholic bishops said they “pray that the passage of the Child Victims Act brings some measure of healing to all survivors.”
If I were the praying kind, I’d pray that New York tops California’s $1.2 billion number.
I wonder if someone will ever be able to write a comprehensive history of the molestation of children, with a focus on the infiltration of institutions by molesters and the role of their silent enablers. The Catholic Church would occupy volumes, but they’re just one example. There’s the rich and powerful guys clubs – Epstein and the British Parliament are two examples. And, apparently the Boy Scouts were worse than already reported. In each of these cases, some non-molesters must have known and tolerated the molesters. What were their motives? How did they justify it to themselves? To me, that’s the most interesting part of this awful slice of human behavior.