ALBANY — With the one-year window granting child sexual abuse victims a chance to seek justice now wide open, advocates are turning their attention to other ways of assisting survivors and combating predators.
One priority is getting Gov. Cuomo to sign off on “Erin’s Law,” a piece of legislation passed by the Senate and Assembly months ago that mandates public schools teach age-appropriate sex abuse prevention.
Erin Merryn, the bill’s namesake and a survivor of sexual abuse, said she is frustrated by the governor’s slow response.
“It’s just amazing to me. What’s the holdup?” she told the Daily News.
Merryn wants to see Cuomo to hold a public signing so that longtime proponents of the legislation, such as “The Good Wife” actress Julianna Margulies, can attend.
“I keep asking if they can give us a date and I’m get nothing, no answers,” she said. “How difficult is it to set aside an hour. It’s not going to take all day, you take a pen and paper and you sign it.”
The law, first introduced in New York in 2012, takes effect the July following the signing — meaning the earliest it can now be rolled out would be the 2020 school year.
Already on the books in 37 states, the law requires educators to dedicate times each school year to teach children in kindergarten through eighth grade about child sexual abuse and personal body safety..