Julianne Moore Urges N.Y. Lawmakers to Pass Child Victims Act

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Julianne Moore

"At a time when the struggles and hardships of women and children who have been sexually abused and harassed are becoming more apparent as victims ... it is baffling these elected officials are acting as a roadblock," Moore wrote in an op-ed published Friday in the Daily News.

Actress Julianne Moore is joining the chorus of advocates calling on New York state lawmakers to allow victims of child sexual abuse to seek justice from the courts decades later.

Moore wrote Friday in an op-ed in the Daily News that she was "shocked" to learn that New York is one of the least victim-friendly states in the nation, emphasizing that the current law prevents survivors of some types of child sex abuse from filing most criminal and civil claims after they turn 23 years old.

"These survivors have been ignored by archaic statutes of limitations that do a better job protecting predators than they do their victims," Moore wrote, also arguing that it's unfathomable to imagine what a victimized child would feel when it has already taken "decades and the support of thousands of women" to come forward with their stories in the #MeToo movement. 

Advocates for survivors of sex abuse have urged New York's state legislature to pass the Child Victims Act. The act would extend criminal and civil statutes of limitations. It also would create a one-year window for victims to file civil lawsuits against their alleged abusers even if the current statute of limitations on civil suits has passed.

Victims blame Republicans in the state Senate for holding up the bill.

"At a time when the struggles and hardships of women and children who have been sexually abused and harassed are becoming more apparent as victims find the courage to come forward, it is baffling these elected officials are acting as a roadblock," Moore argued. 

She added: "Many don’t know that the #MeToo movement started more than a decade ago as a way to let sexual assault victims know they weren’t alone, no matter how hurt or debilitated they felt. When it comes to sexual abuse and assault, children are the most vulnerable."