Child Victims Act: Signed into Law!
Enables survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek justice in the courts, by allowing victims more time to pursue legal action. This will help to prevent the silencing of victims and enable more survivors to come forward, ultimately holding more perpetrators accountable and preventing abuse.
Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act: Signed into Law!
Would protect women’s access to insurance coverage for contraception and make it easier to get a prescription filled.
Reproductive Health Act: Signed into Law!
Would safeguard women’s reproductive health, by placing the protections of Roe v. Wade squarely into New York State law. Given the hostile climate to women’s reproductive rights, New York State cannot rely solely on federal law to ensure women’s access to reproductive healthcare.
Equal Rights Amendment
Strengthens and updates equal protection language in the state constitution to prohibit denial of equality of rights on the basis or race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability or other immutable or ascriptive characteristic.
Expanding Sexual Harassment Laws to Prevent Physical Abuse
Would close a loophole in state law to ensure abusers can be held accountable for non-consensual physical violence committed for sexual arousal or gratification. If adopted, this legislation would make it so that someone who slaps, strikes, or shoves another person for sexual arousal or gratification without consent can be charged with sexual harassment. Currently, injuries must meet a legal definition of physical injury before the abuser can face criminal charges.
Improving Workplace Discrimination Policies
Would extend the time to file a sexual harassment/discrimination complaint with NYS human rights division from 1 to 3 years. It would also give state/legislative employees up to 6 months to file a notice of intention to sue for unlawful discrimination in the court of claims.
*Note: this is one of several proposals outlined in the Sexual Harassment Working Group's legislative agenda.
Fixing NY's Rape Laws
While the statute of limitations on first degree rape was repealed in our state over a decade ago, survivors still face a five year limit on reporting 2nd or 3rd degree rape and top counts of sexual assault in New York State. Furthermore, our laws make it unreasonably difficult to prosecute drug rape. We must update NY's rape laws to ensure that survivors are able to report and get justice without unreasonable legal standards on time limits.
Introduced in the 2019 Women's Justice Agenda
Comprehensive Sexual Education
Would require comprehensive sexuality instruction for students in grades K-12, which would address age and developmentally appropriate physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of human sexuality and would reflect the national sexuality education standards.