Child sexual abuse is a serious issue. Show your support for NY Loves Kids and Bridie Farrell with a donation today.
The Real Housewives of NY event with NY Loves Kids was certainly fun and entertaining! However, the evening fell short of the non-profit's modest fundraising goal. NY Loves Kids is counting on viewers today to bridge the fundraising gap.
NY Loves Kids is a nonprofit focused on supporting and advocating for survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation, co-founded by Bridie Farrell. A top priority for Ms. Farrell and NY Loves Kids was passage of the Child Victims Act in New York State, which would extend the statute of limitations for survivors of child sexual abuse, thereby allowing victims to seek access to a justice system from which they had previously been time barred. In 2019, the Child Victims Act passed the New York State Senate and Assembly and was signed into law by New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo. Building on the success of NY Loves Kids in New York, Ms. Farrell is continuing her advocacy across multiple states and throughout the country in an effort to support survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation.
NY Love Kids is for a statewide and national tour to share resources, encouragement, and develop community. Ms. Farrell of NY Loves Kids is the perfect spokesperson for the job. Together we can work to end sexual abuse and exploitation and spread awareness on new survivor focused state legislation.
Bridie Farrell is an advocate on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation. She is a frequent commentator in the media and a distinguished speaker about issues related to child abuse.
Ms. Farrell was a nationally ranked speed skater by age 13. She competed in the 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2014 Olympic Trials and held three American records: 1500m, 3000m, and 3000m relay.
Beginning at age 15, Ms. Farrell was sexually abused by speed skating teammate and Olympic silver medalist Andy Gabel, then 33. In 2013, 16 years after the abuse ended, she disclosed the trauma she endured on National Public Radio. Gabel subsequently acknowledged that he had engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” with an athlete who was not yet 18.
Ms. Farrell is from Saratoga Springs, New York, holds a BS from Cornell University, and resides in Hudson, NY with her partner Andrew and their dog, Lexington.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.