Catholic Church


Hurry up and wait: Lawyers, survivors see little motion on early CVA cases

ALBANY – Six months after the Child Victims Act went into effect, survivors and lawyers say hundreds of lawsuits have stalled in the pre-trial discovery stages. In August, the act opened a one-year look-back period temporarily eliminating the civil statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases, allowing survivors of all ages to lodge lawsuits against their alleged offenders. The first filing day, Aug. 14, saw more than 400 lawsuits – and there have been about 1,000 more statewide in the months since. But as attorneys await evidence from defendants, several ...

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Attorney Discusses Level Of Response To Groundbreaking ‘Child Victims Act’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv2Ryo9WjKg Jennifer Freeman shares her insight on the law, which opens a one-year window for molestation claims to be filed no matter how long ago it happened.

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Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before

It’s a financial reckoning playing out in such populous Catholic strongholds as New York, California and New Jersey, among the eight states that go the furthest with “lookback windows” that allow sex abuse claims no matter how old. Never before have so many states acted in near-unison to lift the restrictions that once shut people out if they didn’t bring claims of childhood sex abuse by a certain age, often their early 20s. AP interviews with more than a dozen lawyers and clergy abuse watchdog groups offered a wide range of estimates but many said they ...

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2 more sue alleging sex abuse by late Orange County priest

Two more men have filed lawsuits alleging that a priest at Holy Cross Church in Wawayanda sexually abused them for years while their families belonged to the church and they were altar boys in the 1970s and 1980s. The cases were filed in state Supreme Court in Orange County last week on behalf of Russell Coelho, who now lives in Milford, Pa., and Kevin Dow, who lives in Tampa. Each suit is seeking damages from the Middletown-based Carmelite order that runs the church and was brought under the Child Victims Act, a state law enacted this year that gave past victims of ...

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Violence faite aux femmes : l’État de New York change ses lois

En cette Journée internationale pour l'élimination de la violence à l'égard des femmes, des manifestations ont eu lieu aujourd'hui dans plusieurs pays. Selon les Nations unies, une femme sur trois subit, au cours de sa vie, des violences physiques ou sexuelles, souvent lorsqu'elle est mineure. Depuis l'explosion du mouvement « Me Too », il y a deux ans, une vingtaine d'États américains ont modifié leurs lois pour allonger les délais de prescription. Des dizaines de milliers de victimes ont ainsi pu entamer des poursuites contre leurs agresseurs. Et l'État de ...

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Catholic Church Employees Views on Abuse Revealed

According to a poll, one in three employees of the Catholic Church say sex abuse or misconduct is "still a major problem" inside the church, including more than half of nuns polled. More than half of diocesan priests and three out of four nuns would not allow a child family member to go on an overnight retreat supervised by a clergy member. NBC New York’s Chris Glorioso reports.

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Diocese of Rockville Centre seeks dismissal of 44 abuse claims

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Claims of years-ago abuse of youths by Diocese of Rockville Centre personnel should be dismissed because the state law lifting the statute of limitations is unconstitutional, the diocese says in court papers, according to one of its attorneys. Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer at the White Plains law firm Marsh that she said had filed about a dozen claims against the diocese, said in an interview that it was unusual to suspend statutes of limitations, but argued that case law allowed for it for several reasons, including to remedy injustice. “...

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A Catholic Diocese in New York Is Trying to Stop More Child Sex Abuse Survivors From Suing

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A Roman Catholic diocese wants the New York supreme court to throw out new lawsuits filed by childhood sex abuse survivors, challenging the constitutionality of a groundbreaking law that lets survivors sue no matter how much time has passed. But the Rockville Centre’s filing argues that the Child Victims Act violates the New York state constitution’s due process clause. Survivors could have sued before the statute of limitations on the abuse ran out, the motion also argues. The diocese’s opposition to the Child Victims Act breaks with the Catholic Bishops ...

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Long Island Catholic diocese sues to end Child Victims Act

The Rockville Centre Catholic diocese on Long Island sued to challenge the constitutionality of New York's Child Victims Act, the year-long legislation that opens the legal recourse door for those who say they were sexually abused. Jennifer Freeman, of New York-based Marsh Law, thinks this effort will fail. "This is absurd. There's no constitutional right to a statue of limitations," Freeman said. "The Child Victims Act was put into place to help end the plague of child sex abuse in New York." For attorneys like Freeman the anonymity judgment was another ...

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Child Victims Act faces legal challenge from Long Island Catholic diocese

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Long Island Catholic leaders are challenging a key state law against sexual abuse in legal papers filed Wednesday in Nassau County Supreme Court. The 79-page motion “respectfully moves the court” to dismiss dozens of sexual abuse claims brought against the Rockville Centre diocese since the Child Victims Act went into effect in August. Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer whose firm represents dozens of alleged victims, slammed the church for the move. “They are now decisively moving to shield predators and hide the heinous crimes that occurred under their watch," ...

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