BILL NO A01369
SAME AS No Same as
MLTSPNSR Barclay, Clark
Amd S625, Exec L
Requires counseling for minor victims of a sex offense and the parent or
guardian of such victims.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A1369
SPONSOR: Crouch (MS)
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to mandatory counseling
for minor victims of a sex offense and the parent or guardian of such
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would require counseling for minor victims of a sex offense
and the parent or guardian of such victims.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Section 625 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 2-a to read as follows:
2-a. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of this article, and
without regard to the financial difficulty of the claimant, a victim of
a sex offense, as such sex offense is defined in article one hundred
thirty of the penal law, and the parent or guardian of such victim if
such victim is a minor, shall obtain counseling from a psychiatrist or
licensed psychologist prior to filing a claim for receipt of an award
pursuant to this article. A letter issued from such victim's treating
psychiatrist or licensed psychologist shall be filed along with such
Too often victims of sexual molestation or assault do not seek or
receive counseling after an abuse has occurred. Sometimes a parent may
not follow through with appropriate counseling for the child feeling
that everything is better if it is forgotten. The child may suffer
behavioral issues later in life as a result. It should be incumbent on
the parent to ensure that appropriate counseling is received to a minor
until it is properly treated by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist.
Otherwise if such an issue goes unaddressed, the victim and parent may
suffer a series of other related problems.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law.