Child Victims Act (CVA)


What the New York Archdiocese suing its insurers could mean for sexual abuse survivors

If the New York Archdiocese — which covers downstate counties including Hudson Valley churches — loses, that could set a precedent for denying coverage of diocese in upstate New York, lawyers say. The legal move by the Archdiocese of New York to sue dozens of its insurance companies could impact survivors seeking to file sexual abuse suits next month when the state's window opens. In what many plaintiffs' lawyers are calling a positive first step, the archdiocese is seeking a court order to force 32 of its insurance companies to honor their ...

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Catholic archdiocese sues insurers over future abuse claims

NEW YORK — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has sued more than two dozen insurance companies, seeking to compel them to cover claims filed by people who say they were abused by clerics. Church officials anticipate that numerous alleged abuse victims will sue under New York’s Child Victims Act, which gives victims a year to file claims alleging sex abuse that were previously barred by the statute of limitations. The archdiocese, the nation’s second-largest after Los Angeles, says in its lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan state Supreme Court that many ...

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New York Archdiocese sues to force insurers to cover sexual-abuse claims

The Archdiocese of New York quietly filed a lawsuit last week against dozens of insurance companies, demanding legal protection and coverage for historic childhood sexual abuse claims. The filing, which targets 32 different companies to which the church reportedly paid insurance premiums in the past, seeks to preempt attempts by those insurers to deny coverage. The suit seeks a declaration by the court that the insurance companies provide coverage for, and defend the church against, those claims. The move comes a month before the Child Victims Act goes into ...

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Catholic Church sues insurers as opening for filing lawsuits under Child Victims Act draws near

The New York Archdiocese has sued its insurance companies to demand legal protection and coverage as it braces for exposure it will face once sex abuse victims begin filing lawsuits next month under New York’s Child Victims Act. The complaint by the archdiocese, filed last week in Manhattan Supreme Court, lists more than two dozen insurers as defendants, and claims "the insurers ... intend to dispute, limit and/or deny coverage for claims and lawsuits alleging sexual abuse and physical abuse.” Several of the defendants listed in the complaint are members of the ...

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Retired judge reveals his childhood sex abuse so others will file Child Victims Act claims

Retired acting New York State Supreme Court Judge Charles Apotheker said he struggled with his decision to identify himself as a victim of accused serial sexual predator Dr. Reginald Archibald, who is believed to have abused thousands of children during his tenure as an esteemed pediatric endocrinologist at Rockefeller University Hospital. The 72-year-old Apotheker, though, knew he could help other victims. He knew his own "outing" would make it more difficult to ignore accusations about decades of molestations by the now-deceased doctor. "I was angry. I was angry ...

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Man shares allegations of abuse at hands of Albany-area priest

NewsChannel 13 exclusively obtained "complainant’s statements" submitted by Michael Harmon to the lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, which confirmed it had forwarded to state prosecutors for review. According to Harmon’s statements, throughout his teenage years he was molested by a former priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany named Edward Pratt. Additionally, Harmon claims he was threatened with arrest when he went to the bishop at the time for help. Now decades later, Harmon and others are starting to speak out as attorneys across New ...

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Judge Comes Forward With Devastating Story Of Sexual Abuse At Rockefeller University

In a frank personal essay published on Law.com, former Acting New York State Supreme Court justice Charles Apotheker details sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Apotheker’s abuser has been in the news a lot lately as the decades that Dr. Reginald Archibald, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Rockefeller University Hospital, spent allegedly abusing young boys has come to light. In the article, Apotheker says he kept the pain and memories of the abuse in a 60-year-old “mental box.” But now with the investigation into Dr. Archibald’s actions, done by Debevoise & ...

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Ex-NY Supreme Court Justice Reveals He Was Sexually Abused 60 Years Ago at Rockefeller University

By Charles Apotheker I remembered being placed against a wall naked with my hands extended out towards him. And then I remember the picture-taking. Pictures of my naked 13-year-old body, followed by measurements of my penis. Then it all went blank. When revelations came to light that Dr. Reginald Archibald, a well-respected pediatric endocrinologist at the Rockefeller University Hospital, had spent decades sexually abusing young boys under the guise of medical “treatment,” I was flooded with memories that I thought were tightly sealed away in a mental box from 60 ...

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Town Hall: Silent No More


A Former Boy Scout Speaks Out About Abuse

Former Boy Scout Darrell Jackson speaks out about abuse he suffered while in the Boy Scouts of America. Darrell says when he realized something was wrong he told his grandmother who went to the police, and he grew up having to protect himself from ridicule.

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