New York Senate Kills Child Abuse Bill After Millions In Lobbying By Catholic Church, Samantha Bee Goes OFF

ABC News reports:

The New York State Senate struck down a bill Wednesday that would have loosened the statute of limitations of child molestation for the 11th year in a row. “New York has the worst laws on the books anywhere in the country pertaining to the statute of limitations for crimes of child sexual abuse,” Senator and Bill Sponsor Brad Hoylman (D) said.

This year, the bill, called the Child Victims Act came closer than ever to passing. It received support across the aisle in both the Senate and Assembly. It passed in the Assembly for the first time since 2008. The bill died before it hit could the Senate floor.

Right now, victims have until the age of 23 to come forward and file claims, but the bill would have given them something invaluable. The bill would have given child victims until the age of 28 to file criminal claims, and 50 to file civil claims.

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Samantha Bee took a break from dragging the Trump administration during last night’s episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to focus on more local issues. Specifically, she decided to discuss the Child Victims Act, a bill aimed at helping survivors of child sexual abuse in the state of New York.

Bee had one question: “Why have they been blocking this bill for 11 years?” The answer? Institutions such as churches and the Boy Scouts of America have lobbied pretty hard against the bill. In fact, New York’s Catholic Conference spent $2.1 million between 2007 and 2015 to lobby against several proposed measures, including the Child Victims Act.

So, why do these groups oppose the bill? Hoylman told Bee religious and youth organizations presumably fear that the passage of the Child Victims Act could potentially bankrupt them. Yep.

“I don’t know, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that if you’re an institution that has hurt so many children that paying out civil settlements would make you go bankrupt, maybe you should,” she said.

Watch all of the clip. Hoylman, by the way, is openly gay and has told me that his husband is a daily JMG reader.

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  • Cuberly

    Holy crap, I think I’m having an evil overload today.

  • edrex

    has anyone seen “The Keepers” on neflix? we just finished it last night. powerful and compelling. highlights the hypocrisy of the catholic church.

    • CB

      Going to check it out. Thanks for the tip.

  • PickyPecker
  • Lumpy Gaga

    In an interview, Carl Reiner recently gave Sam Bee a shout-out for being a great young comic talent.

    He said this in AARP bulletin/magazine. (Yeah, we get it delivered. Yeah, I read it. So what?)

    • ChrisInKansas

      I follow him on Twitter. He seems sharper and busier at 94 than most 20 year olds I know.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        He and Mel Brooks are both still alive. I wonder if they’re planning a 1,000-year-old man reunion?

        • ChrisInKansas

          I’ve read in an interview that Mel walks over to Carl Reiner’s house almost every night and they have dinner and watch movies. That’s practically adorable!

          • Lumpy Gaga

            It is. They’re both widowers.

  • bkmn

    So glad the Catholic Church has housed all the homeless and fed all the hungry and cured all the ill and stopped raping kids….oh wait…

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Phffft….that’s so 2000 years ago…

  • Ernest Endevor

    This is quite rude. Why would Samantha Bee want to upset cardinal Dolan?

    • Todd20036


      • Joe in PA

        I think it’s pretty safe to assume. But GD, I think everyone’s last nerve is getting worked. ;(

  • PickyPecker
  • PickyPecker
    • Nychta

      Sad but true. 🙁

  • Boreal

    Deplorable . I know someone who is a victim of child abuse here in NYS (now an adult) who has been lobbying tirelessly for this bill in Albany.

  • Lazycrockett

    Last week did she an amazing piece on how hard it is to get a law passed against marrying minors.

  • Joe in PA

    Gee I hope they didn’t use any of the money from the “cemetery fund”.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      ‘s OK. They know where all the bodies are buried.

      • ScubaBearLA

        You bastards! You only moved the headstones!!!

  • Boreal
    • AndyinChicago

      God Bless Samantha Bee. SHE, if anyone, is doing God’s work.

  • rednekokie

    Good for Samantha. She really knows how to call a situation out for what it’s worth. Or not.

  • HZ81

    The Catholic Church is a cult—and a horrifying one at that.

  • Hank

    That is what you get, when you have a Rethuglican controlled Senate in NY State!!! You also cannot get them to include Transgenders in the state’s Civil Rights laws!!!

    • Ninja0980

      A gerrymandered one at that.

  • Stogiebear

    It’ s good to see that Donohue is being used as the face of Kiddie Rape Inc. here in the USA. It’s too easy to miss what the priests, monsignors, bishops, and popes look like because of their frippery.

  • Ninja0980

    Just a friendly reminder that our state’s Republicans are assholes too.

    • wylekat

      Every damned republican is an asshole. Every state, DC, retired…

  • Lazycrockett
  • JT

    Fat ass Bill Donohue: They aren’t children and it’s not rape.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    The Church of the Pedophile Priests continues to hide the problems. I thought this Pope was going to change that but I guess not. They’ve hidden their money so it can’t be touched (even in one case made a “cemetery fund” to hide millions).

  • Nychta

    I love Samantha Bee and Trevor Noah. They don’t pull their punches.

  • Talisman

    The Catholic Church will just transfer the molestors to Mississippi. Then claim that pedophilia is a “sincerely held religious belief”.

  • AtticusP
    • Niblet58

      Ditto, right about 9 years old…. started to read real science books and knew the shit I had been force fed from infancy was bullshit. Called them on it and they about had a heart attack so I knew I was right. Anyone who gets scared of a 9 year old’s questions is fucked up and hiding something.

  • andrew

    The Catholic Church spending millions of dollars to protect child molesters from facing the justice they deserve. Why? Because the child molesters were Catholic priests transferred from parish to parish by the Bishops where they could find some new innocent children to abuse.

    • Jonathan Smith

      It was cheaper.

  • WretchedMouse
  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Anyone who believes in a higher power, can go fuck themselves. You are enablers of pedophilia. You aren’t doing anything. You’re pigs and hopefully you will all die of horrible cancers. It’s your fault and no one else’s. Not the victims, not the churches, synagogues, or mosques, not the politicians. It’s yours. You own it.

    • WretchedMouse

      I think there is a difference between believing in a higher power but that it is institutionalized religion that corrupts. It is possible to separate the two.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        I appreciate your point ,and no disrespect to you intended WretchedMouse, but until such time that there is tangible evidence that a higher power actually exists, there is no difference.

        Each vehicle allows for a person to believe that someone, or something, has input into their life which enables them to add or remove responsibility for their actions or inactions. It’s nothing more than a spectre to rationalize that action or inaction.

        From what I’ve observed through experience, I do or do not do, the right thing or the wrong thing, because of the following; what I’ve learned in the past, how I believe that it will affect an outcome at this point in time, where it will lead, and whether or not I can handle the outcome. Then I choose at that point in time to do, or not do, something that I believe would be an acceptable outcome for me. That is how I am lead away from that point in time. I own the responsibility for everything I’m exposed to, and react to.

        • WretchedMouse

          Oh no doubt and no disrespect taken on my part. I tend to view religion through a skeptic lens. I believe in personal responsibility…can’t be blaming others for one’s failings, supernatural or otherwise. I just thought your comment was thought provoking and wanted to strike up a conversation.

          I tend to be on the side of my favorite poet William Blake. One can believe in God and worship without the corrupting Chruch because man is God and God is man. I am not religious so I find it interesting Blake railed against a greedy and corrupt institution as the church. He seemed to be the only one interested in what was happening to the poor, especially children. While the church got fat and rich children died in workhorses and the streets and that is something we see even to this day.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            Blake reminds me of one of the only truly great Catholics I know, Dorothy Day. Amazing woman, lived her faith, daily. And, in a way that sought charity, truth, and equality as the higher goals.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Excellent, as usual. Luv huhr!

  • ted-

    I’m ashamed to have been born & raised in NY.