Oaks Calls For Swift Passage Of Sex Crimes Legislation

May 22, 2006

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon), joined by Kim Talman of the National Association to Protect Children, his Assembly minority colleagues as well as local district attorneys, today renewed his push for passage of meaningful sex crime legislation.

“New Yorkers are in danger from sexual predators and to not take action at this critical juncture would be a travesty,” said Oaks. “We need to pass meaningful legislation that fixes the problem, without delay.”

With the clock ticking toward the end of the session it is important that these crime fighting initiatives be brought to the floor for a vote.

The legislation proposed by Assemblyman Oaks builds on the momentum the Assembly minority built this year fighting against sexual violence. It would provide:

  • Civil confinement for the most dangerous convicted sexual predators
  • Elimination of the five-year statute of limitations for rape cases
  • Expansion of the state DNA database
  • Elimination of New York’s “incest loophole” to afford children raped by family members the same protection as other child victims.

“We need to take this opportunity to protect the most vulnerable of our population,” said Oaks. “Common-sense initiatives like these would provide prosecutors with the tools they need to put criminals behind bars and to help heal the emotional damage wrought on the victims of these horrendous crimes.”