The people who are concerned about their children's safety from child molestation should worry a lot less about transgender folks using restrooms and more about their clergy. Every week there is a story about some child molesting clergy member or other. Why those stories are so common comedians make jokes about them.
From The New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/catholic-church-hired-lobby-firms-block-n-y-kid-rape-laws-article-1.2655010
BY Kenneth Lovett
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF Monday, May 30, 2016
— Not leaving it to divine chance, the state Catholic Conference has
turned in recent years to some of Albany’s most well-connected and
influential lobby firms to help block a bill that would make it easier
for child sex abuse victims to seek justice.
Conference, headed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, has used Wilson Elser
Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch & Associates, Hank
Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications to lobby against the Child Victims Act as well as for or against other measures.
told, the conference spent more than $2.1 million on lobbying from 2007
through the end of 2015, state records show. That does not include the
conference’s own internal lobbying team.
Filings show the
lobbyists were retained, in part, to work on issues associated with
“statute of limitations” and “timelines for commencing certain civil
actions related to sex offenses.” Other issues included parochial school
funding and investment tax credits.
“They are willing to spend
limitless money in order to basically keep bad guys from being
accountable for their actions,” said Melanie Blow, chief operations
officer of the Stop Abuse Campaign. “I think they’re doing it because
they don’t want to have to pay out settlements.”
Robb, an advocate and survivor who says she was abused by her brother as
a 9-year-old: “If they need to spend that much money on lobbying,
clearly, then, they have some pretty big secrets to hide.”
far cry from the millions in lobbying top special interests spend in
Albany each year, advocates for child sex abuse survivors say the $2.1
million spent likely represents a worthwhile investment to the Catholic
Conference if it can continue to block legislation that would eliminate
the statute of limitations on child sex abuse civil cases and open a
one-year window to bring lawsuits for victims who can no longer sue
under current law.
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