By: Samantha Breitner, Associate in G&E’s Civil Rights Practice Group
As a boy of 12, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano was sexually assaulted by a man near his home. For years, he carried around feelings of shame about what happened to him, as his family never talked about the abuse as Spano grew up. Now, he is sharing his story and inspiring others to have the courage to do the same in an effort to stop child sexual abuse.
Spano shared his child sexual abuse story in an interview with Maria Trusa, founder of nonprofit Yo Digo No Más (Spanish for “I Say No More”), for her talk show. The interview will air on YouTube on Wednesday January 18, 2023.
“This is an important conversation,” Spano said, as survivors don’t often open up about what happened to them. He hopes that he can help other survivors feel validated and encouraged to come forward with their experiences to let their healing process begin.
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If you or a loved one are a sexual assault survivor, speak with our attorneys as soon as possible. It is critical to contact an experienced attorney to understand the statute of limitations that may apply to you, as deadlines vary by state and type of case. In New York, survivors of sexual abuse have a new one-year window to file their claims. An attorney can help you understand your deadlines and legal options.
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