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Abuse Survivors Rip Boy Scouts for Hiring Ex-State Senator to Lobby Against Child Victims Act

Abuse survivors rip Boy Scouts for hiring ex-state senator to lobby against Child Victims Act

NY Daily News
By Kenneth Lovette
May 29, 2017 

Excerpt Below:

The Boy Scouts of America has hired a former state senator to lobby against legislation that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults.

The Boy Scouts this year are paying Dentons US $12,500 a month to lobby on three bills, including against the Child Victims Act.

Former Sen. Craig Johnson, a Long Island Democrat, is a principal for Dentons’ public policy and regulatory practice and one of two people from the firm registered since February to represent the Boy Scouts in Albany, according to filings with the state ethics commission.

Added Michael Polenberg, of Safe Horizon: “So often, an abuser may first pretend to assume a caring or mentorship role in a child’s life in order to build trust. Safe Horizon believes that exposing those who sexually abuse children allows parents and organizations to best protect the children who are entrusted into their care — it’s deeply disappointing that the Boy Scouts think otherwise.”