Fighting For Children and Advocates Rally to Support Child Victims Act

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Buffalo, New York - On Tuesday, October 25th at 4:30 PM Senatorial candidate Amber Small hosted a rally at Niagara Square with members of the political action committee Fighting for Children, survivors of child sexual abuse, and advocates to support passage of the Omnibus Child Victims Act.

”As a lifelong community activist, I’m determined to pass the Child Victims Act and stand up for families in Albany,” said Amber Small, senatorial candidate for the 60th district “The status quo is failing New Yorkers who have experienced sexual abuse, and it is time to offer the survivors of these crimes opportunities for closure. Working together, we can overcome the decades-long impasse that has prevented meaningful change.”

"Right now, 90% of the people who sexually abuse children never see a day behind bars because of New York’s Statute of Limitations on the crime. That’s wrong, that’s shameful, and that sentences more children sexual abuse ” said Gary Greenberg, founder of the Fighting for Children Political Action Committee. “The Senate Republicans are staunchly opposed to real reform. Amber Small is an intelligent, passionate advocate for women and children who is committed to protecting children if she is elected to office.”

“Sexually abused children suffer a lifetime of physical, mental, and emotional pain. It takes them, on average, 21 years to be able to talk about the trauma, and by that time New York’s Statute of Limitations keeps most of them from court. The Omnibus Child Victims Act will fix that by ensuring victims have access to justice, which protects children” said Melanie Blow, COO and the Stop Abuse Campaign.

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Small serves as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role she is an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more.  Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo and proudly serves as Vice Chair of WEPAC, a nonpartisan group focused on increasing female involvement in politics and government. Amber is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and resides in North Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood with her family. New York's Sixtieth Senate District is located wholly in Erie County and includes the communities of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, Kenmore, Grand Island, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the City of Buffalo.  Small is endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party and the Women’s Equality Party.