N.Y. Legislators Pass Bill Aiding Victims Of Clerical Abuse.

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The New York state legislature has approved a bill designed to allow victims of sexual abuse by religious leaders and others more time to pursue both civil and criminal cases in the courts.

Survivors of such abuse, and their advocates, had pressed for the measure for years. State legislators introduced the Child Victims Act for more than 10 years, but every time it was blocked by Republican Party leaders in the Senate, who acted at the behest of lobbyists for the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Jewish community and the insurance industry.

Democrats took control ofthe Senate in November and smoothed the bill's passage. It passed the Assembly 103-3 and got through the Senate with no dissenting votes, reported The New Yorh Times in late January.

The bill, which came...

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