Safe Horizon touches the lives of approximately 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year.
The federal budget includes funding that organizations like ours rely on to provide support to survivors of crime and abuse and help them heal. Possible cuts in the federal budget would set back thousands of survivors we help every day.
In New York State, adult survivors of child sexual abuse have until the age of 23 to hold those responsible for the abuse accountable in a court of law. Abusers should not be able to simply run out the clock. Support reforms to the statute of limitations in New York State for cases of child sexual abuse now.
For homeless youth, finding stable housing is critical. In New York City when a person turns 21, they are immediately ineligible for youth shelter services. Furthermore, they can only access these services for 30 days. We believe raising the age limit and extending the length of stay would improve the outlook for this vulnerable population.