By Sabina Mollot
Last Wednesday, actor Corey Feldman joined the chorus of activists in Albany calling for the passage of the Child Victims Act.
The legislation, sponsored by State Senator Brad Hoylman, has been included in the budget proposed by the governor as well as the Assembly’s proposed budget but not the Senate’s. It aims to significantly stretch out the statute of limitations so people who were sexually abused as children have longer to file a claim in court.
In Albany, Feldman spoke at a press conference, where Hoylman said Feldman called out Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan personally for not supporting the CVA.
He also spoke about his own experience with pedophiles.
Hoylman told Town & Village, “He was sexually abused as a child as was his close friend Corey Haim, who he said never overcame that experience and ended up taking his own life.”
The former child star in numerous 80s hit films also met with a few senators at the state capital.
Meanwhile, Hoylman blasted his colleagues in the Republican-controlled chamber for not including the bill in the budget. The majority of Democrat members have supported it, including Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein, though Simcha Felder has not. According to Hoylman, Flanagan “has concerns” about the bill, though despite not including it, said he is “open to negotiations.”
A spokesperson for Flanagan did not respond to Town & Village’s request for comment.
The bill has faced opposition from religious institutions and youth groups wary of being bankrupted by lawsuits.
Me Too founder Tarana Burke has also previously come out in support of the bill.
Currently, abuse survivors have until the age of 23 to file a lawsuit. Under the legislation, they’d have until 50 for civil cases, 28 for criminal ones. The bill would also give a one-year window to revive previously time-barred civil actions.
The state budget is supposed to be finalized in April.