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Man alleges Knights of Columbus youth basketball coach abused him as child

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A man claims a Knights of Columbus member who worked as a youth basketball coach for the organization sexually abused him as a child in the Bronx. The Knights of Columbus has 1.9 million members across the U.S. It was initially formed to help those in need as a Catholic fraternal benefit society. Jeffrey Davis claims Kenneth McLaughlin abused him as a boy and claims the organization did not stop or prevent the abuse from happening. Ken McLaughlin joined Boyd Council #326 Knights of Columbus in April 1946 and became involved with that organization’s youth ...

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Jennifer Freeman’s Miami Herald Op-Ed

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Are you a former New Yorker? Time’s almost up for childhood sex-abuse survivors to seek justice We all know it — every year, thousands of New Yorkers move to Florida for its warm weather and leisurely lifestyle. Some stay — I’m a former New Yorker delighted to be living in the Sunshine State for the past three years. The pandemic has accelerated this trend, with thousands more choosing Florida as a new home. Yet most former New Yorkers have no idea that our legal rights were dramatically expanded recently. In 2019, New York State enacted ...

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New York’s Catholic church leaders control billions outside the reach of abuse survivors

The Catholic bishops of New York sold a lucrative insurance business they controlled and stored the proceeds in a foundation they also administer, keeping billions out of the reach of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The move occurred in 2018, with the church selling its Fidelis Care insurance company and moving $4.3 billion of the proceeds into the new Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. At the same time, the Child Victims Act in New York was gaining momentum in the Legislature, a measure that the church had lobbied against for more than a ...

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2 new suits allege sex abuse by brother at Farrell in 1970s; ‘I walked into a trap,’ man says

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A religious brother sexually abused two men more than 40 years ago when they were students at Monsignor Farrell High School in Oakwood, lawsuits allege. Brother Salvatore Anthony Ferro is named in two separate litigations filed recently under the New York State Child Victims Act against the Archdiocese of New York, Monsignor Farrell High School, and various entities of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Attorney Michael Pfau said his law firm, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC, represents about 75 victims of abuse in the Archdiocese of New ...

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Diocese of Rockville Centre Files For Bankruptcy, Citing Hundreds of Sex Abuse Lawsuits

The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for bankruptcy Thursday after more than 200 lawsuits were filed alleging Catholic priests on Long Island sexually abused victims over the years. The plaintiffs’ attorneys said the bankruptcy filing can limit survivors’ ability to unearth names of accused priests, expose leaders who engaged in coverups, and, as part of the Chapter 11 process, the bankruptcy court will set a claims bar date, which will be the deadline for sexual abuse survivors to file a claim in bankruptcy court or risk losing their legal rights. But it also ...

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Number of WNY priests accused in Child Victims Act suits grows to 173

Child Victims Act lawsuits filed over the past year have accused 173 Catholic priests in Western New York of sexually abusing children. More than 30 of those priests were accused publicly for the first time only in recent weeks, including one cleric who has continued to run a South Buffalo parish despite being linked to abuse in a July lawsuit. Some of the alleged abuses date to the early 1950s. Most of the priests are deceased. A Hawaii man who is now in his 80s said in court papers that Cohane abused him multiple times, starting in 1951 on a hike into the ...

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3,797 and counting: Child Victims Act suits in NY add up, with more expected

The civil action lawsuit is one of thousands filed under the Child Victims Act against individuals, schools, churches and youth organizations. Last August, the law allowed survivors of child sexual abuse one year to file claims against those responsible for abuse regardless of how long ago the incident took place. Nearly a year later, there were 3,797 suits as of late last week filed according to the New York Office of Court Administration, with 109 filed in Westchester, six in Dutchess and four in Rockland. New York County ...

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Sexual Abuse Survivor Calls Mandatory Reporter Bill a Good Start

Advocates are calling a bill making priests and other clergy mandatory reporters of sexual abuse a first step. The bill that passed the Assembly includes a provision missing from the original draft. The original would have required priests report child abuse they hear about during the act of confession. The current version keeps those conversations private. "This exception swallows the rule," said Jennifer Freeman, Smith's attorney. "Just like for lawyers, if we hear that someone is about to commit a crime and is in danger of committing a future crime, we must come ...

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Child Victims Act suit filed against former St. Joseph’s school

A Dunkirk man has filed a Child Victims Act lawsuit against the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and School for repeated abuse he alleged happened in the early 1960s. The 20-page complaint was filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. The Dunkirk man, who is not being identified, said he was abused by the Rev. Edward Walker between 1960 and 1962 when he was about 12 to 14 years old. Walker was a priest at St. Joseph’s and was associated with Sisters of St. Joseph in Clarence. Sisters of St. Joseph was also named in the suit, with the city ...

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Survivor Speaks About Syracuse Catholic Diocese Filing for Bankruptcy

Amy, a sexual abuse survivor, was 11 years old when she was touched inappropriately by a male figure in her church. The abuse has impacted Amy all her life and when the Child Victim’s Act passed, she was afraid to file a claim. “I was shaking and my heart was racing, I didn’t know what to expect, and rehashing everything he had done to me, I didn’t know how I was going to handle it,” said Amy. And when she learned the Syracuse Catholic Diocese filed for bankruptcy, she was upset. “I thought it was them taking the easy way out so they didn’t have ...

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