Five-Point Plan to Strengthen Protections Against Sexual Predators

**For Immediate Release**

October 9, 2012

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Release # 157-2012

Speaker Quinn Proposes Five-Point Plan to Strengthen Protections Against Sexual Predators

Speaker, City & State Legislators, DA Vance, Advocates Seek Increased Penalties for Criminals and Greater Support for Victims

New York, NY – Taking action to keep dangerous sexual predators off the streets, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced a range of proposals that provide stiffer penalties for criminals and increased support for victims. Today’s announcement follows a number of recent sexual assault crimes, including attacks in Central Park and Hudson River Park. Council Members Julissa Ferreras, Jessica Lappin and Peter Vallone, as well as State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, joined Speaker Quinn in her announcement. The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, The Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and CONNECT also participated.

Speaker Quinn detailed a package of five proposals that take aim at sexual predators and help those who are victimized by their crimes:

  • Increase In-Person Appearance Requirements for Level 2 Sex Offenders
  • Expand the time period within which repeat sexual offenders can be charged with persistent sexual abuse
  • Increase penalties for multiple acts of public lewdness
  • Secure dedicated funding to the City’s Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) program
  • Call on judges to seek maximum penalties for sex crimes

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