Media & Press

July 31, 2019

Statement of former U.S. National Speed Skater and Sexual Abuse Survivor, Bridie Farrell, Regarding the Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2019

HUDSON, NY (July 31, 2019) — Bridie Farrell, CEO of NY Loves Kids today issued the following statement: “In a Senate subcommittee hearing in April of 2018, I said, ‘For many children it is impossible to disclose molestation or rape, because we do not, and they do not have the vocabulary. I did not learn that [at 15 years old] being molested by a 33-year-old man was a crime until I was at Cornell University. I was 27 years old.’ “Today I celebrate a breakthrough in the effort to stop child sexual abuse, especially in sport. “Survivors of child sexual abuse within the Olympic movement are finally being heard with the introduction of the Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2019. It is the first of many steps toward ending the status quo within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
July 19, 2019

Zero Abuse Project Statement on the Resignation of Judge James Troiano

Washington, D.C. (July 19, 2019) – Zero Abuse Project CEO Jeff Dion issued the following statement today regarding Judge James Troiano’s resignation and new mandatory sexual violence training for all state judges in New Jersey. We applaud the New Jersey judicial system’s first steps towards restoring itself in the eyes of the public as an unbiased and fair civic institution.
July 15, 2019

Zero Abuse Project CEO Jeffrey R. Dion Statement on NY Child Victims Act & Jeffrey Epstein

July 15th, 2019 (New York). Zero Abuse Project CEO Jeffrey R. Dion today stressed the role of New York’s new Child Victims Act in helping to keep children safe from sexual abuse and ensuring survivors can seek justice in light of the recent arrest of Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking.
July 2, 2019

Seminar teaches community residents about Child Victims Act

Jeff Dion, the CEO of the Zero Abuse Project, led a presentation detailing several facts about the new Child Victims Act. He spoke about how the culture of negligence within some institutions has to end and should be replaced by one of disclosure.
June 12, 2019

Dr. Melissa Stephens receives distinguished award for CAST implementation in medical education

This year’s recipient of The Marguerite Elliott Innovation in Clinical Medical Education Award is Melissa Renee Stephens, MD, FAAFP, Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences & Director of Graduate Medical Education and Population Health at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), for her innovation titled: ‘Implementation of Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) in Medical Education.’
June 4, 2019

Scott signs bills removing statute of limitations for child sexual abuse claims

“By opening a ‘window to justice’ and allowing survivors whose cases were previously barred by [statutes of limitations] to be heard in court, important information can be exposed that can help create safer, more informed communities.”
May 21, 2019

DCFS simulation gives inside look at challenges investigators face

One of the jobs that the Department of Children and Family Services is tasked with is making sure children are safe. In order to do this job, DCFS investigators have to enter the homes of people accused of horrible crimes.
May 14, 2019

Governor signs bill easing limit on sex abuse lawsuits

The legislation allows child victims to sue up until they turn 55 or within seven years of their first realization that the abuse caused them harm. The current statute of limitations is age 20 or two years after first realizing the abuse caused harm.
April 24, 2019

Nearly 8,000 Boy Scout Leaders Have Been Accused of Sexual Abuse Since 1944, Researcher Found

The Boy Scouts have kept files going back decades showing that nearly 8,000 volunteers have been excluded from the organization because they had been accused of sexually abusing children, according to a review by an expert on child sexual abuse.
April 1, 2019

When Maryland gave abuse victims more time to sue, it may have also protected institutions, including the Catholic Church

Two years ago, Maryland lawmakers made it easier for adults sexually abused as children to sue institutions that harbored predators. They may have also irreversibly granted some immunity to the Catholic Church. A provision tucked into a 2017 law now stands in the way of Maryland joining a nationwide effort to bring justice to victims who come to terms with childhood abuse when they reach middle age and, for decades, have had no recourse in civil courts.