Months after expanding the definition of mandatory reporters of sexual abuse to include private schools, state lawmakers are looking to go further.
Bills introduced in the Senate and Assembly go beyond educational institutions to include most people working with children. Assemblywoman Sandra Galef introduced legislation after she says two Boy Scouts told her their scout leader sexually abused them.
"I guess there was a lot of pressure not to say anything, but nobody reported the abuse to police," said Galef.
It's something Asher Lovy knows too well. Lovy says for about two decades, he was abused on and off by his mother. He says that's something he reported to people he trusted.
"I tried telling family. I tried telling everybody and no one would listen," said Lovy, the ZA'AKAH director of community organizing. "There was the rabbi of my synagogue who I told pretty early on, didn't really do anything and then when I went back to him years later, he joked about it."
Clergy is included in the proposed bill, but there are exceptions for information learned during conversations like the Catholic sacrament of confession.
"It's simultaneously creating the mandate for clergy to report and also creating an exception for them, that they don't have to report anything that could be considered privileged," Lovy said.
"If the person would then after the confession say to the priest, 'I would like for you to report it,' then they can do it. So it doesn't say that they can't," Galef said.
While survivors like Lovy say the bill doesn't go far enough, they say it is a step in the right direction. Assemblywoman Galef also says they can always adjust the bill in the future.