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Dutchess Letter: Why Did Senators Vote Against Sex Abuse Bill?

Letter writer questions why State Senate rejected bill to help sex-abuse victims.
Letter writer questions why State Senate rejected bill to help sex-abuse victims. Photo Credit: File

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editors up to 350 words. To submit your letter, email eastdutchess@dailyvoice.com .

To the editor:

I juts read a news story that deeply upset me. An amendment, just voted down in Albany, would have helped victims of sexual abuse take action against their abusers

I learned that both our Mid-Hudson Valley Area State Sens. George Amedore (R-46), and Sue Serino (R-41), voted against this amendment.

I want to know why? I am confused and upset by what is so obviously an important bill, being rejected by them both and all the other Republicans in the currently Republican led New York State Senate.

I’d like to see more coverage of this issue in the news – as I haven’t seen it covered locally or on TV news yet. In fact, since 2014, when the State Senate gained a lot of Republican seats, I have been very aware that many crucial bills passing through the state Assembly, have been rejected in the Senate.

I feel this is a new low for our current crop of state officials. Certainly, we all feel victims of abuse should be helped. There are many reasons, personal and social, why victims often don’t come forward, or wait many years before doing so. Sadly, this is all too common.

What could our legislators be thinking by voting against a bill that would protect victims?

Pam Krimsky

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