Chaim Levin, a victim of child-sex abuse himself, has appealed to the Orthodox Jewish community for support with politicians in an effort to change the statute of limitations law on child-sex abuse cases, reports the Daily News.
Levin grew up in an ultraconservative Orthodox community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. When he told he had been sexually abused by his cousin for years, he was abandoned by his family and shunned by his community. He struggled with his identity, sexuality, depression, and self-doubt. Today, at age 27, Levin founded a 103-member support group, LGBTQ Chabad, and says none of that will stop him from seeking justice, the Daily News reports.
Chaim Levin is one of the leaders of the survivors of child-sex abuse fighting to reform the statute of limitations law which bars victims from pursuing criminal charges or civil litigation after their 23rd birthday. “My message to my abuser is this: ‘I will never stop until you take responsibility for what you did to me,” Levin told the Daily News. “I’m not going away. I’m getting stronger and stronger.”
Levin has helped drum up support in the Jewish community for the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the current statute of limitations and open a one-year window for past victims to file lawsuits against predators and the institutions that protect them. The legislative session is over June 16, according to the Daily News.
The Brooklyn district attorney, Ken Thompson, was called to action by Levin remarking that Thompson was elected in part to his post because he promised to be tougher on sex abuse in the Orthodox community than his predecessor, Charles Hynes. “He should be telling the Republicans in Albany, ‘We can’t do our job without this bill.’”