April 21, 2018

Elaine DiMasi Statement on Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Media Contact: Gabriella Novello, gabriella@elainedimasi.com

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.—Democratic Congressional Candidate Elaine DiMasi (NY-01) released the following statement on Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

“Just as our federal Civil Rights laws are used when the states fall short prosecuting hate crimes, the federal government should ensure all survivors of child sex abuse receive equal justice across the country. Today, I am announcing my commitment to support legislation that employs these laws to combat pedophilia, if I am given the honor of representing the 1st Congressional District.”

New York has a very restrictive statute of limitation, making it virtually impossible for the most severely traumatized to remember and prosecute within the narrow timeframe imposed on them. Every state addresses this epidemic differently—some have statutes like New York’s, others have none. This is a violation of Article 1 of the 14th Amendment, the “Due Process” and “Equal Justice” clauses.

“One survivor I’ve met couldn’t remember until age 45 due to the extremely violent nature of the abuse,” said DiMasi. “Nevertheless, their life was very difficult in many ways.”

Survivors often have great difficulty with intimate relationships, issues of trust and betrayal, the fear of being ignored, substance abuse, and deep-seated anger. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between child sex abuse and poor school performance, suicides, teenage pregnancies, drug, alcohol and nicotine abuse, and very often criminal behavior transgressing the boundaries and norms of our society.

“It is time to end the silence about this plague afflicting us. It is time to put predators on notice that they’ll not have a statute of limitation to hide behind. It is time to give justice to the children. As a scientist, I want to understand and protect our world, but I also want to protect the children who will inhabit it. In doing so, we ensure our future. That is why I am running to represent the people of the 1st Congressional District.”

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