Child Victims Act (CVA)


Silver lining in Epstein saga: New focus on victims’ rights

NEW YORK — The Jeffrey Epstein case has brought national attention to victims’ rights, from prosecutors shunning Epstein’s accusers more than a decade ago to the same women speaking about their suffering at an extraordinary court hearing last month. If there was a silver lining to the saga, attorneys for the women said, it was the emphasis on the victims that permeated the most recent proceedings — a night-and-day difference from their treatment the first time Epstein found himself under federal investigation. That enthusiasm was dampened Monday when a ...

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Window for sex abuse claims against Diocese of Rochester could soon close

WHAM News
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Most the lawsuits filed under the newly enacted Child Victims Act name the Diocese of Rochester, which is much of the reason why it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday. That law, which went into effect last month, opened a year-long window for sex abuse victims to file lawsuits against their alleged accusers. That included the Catholic Church. "So all the cases that have been filed in state court, our cases, all the cases being drafted - all those need to be consolidated, and will be consolidated before the bankruptcy judge," said ...

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Buffalo bishop mulling bankruptcy as Rochester Diocese files for Chapter 11

The Buffalo Diocese was still considering seeking bankruptcy protection Thursday after the neighboring Rochester Diocese took that route to deal with a landslide of lawsuits over its handling of clergy sexual abuse of children. The Rochester Diocese became the first Catholic diocese in the state to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Nineteen of the 20 largest unsecured claims it listed in the court papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court were lawsuits brought against the Rochester Diocese under the Child Victims Act. While the Buffalo Diocese already faces ...

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Floodgate of Lawsuits from Child Sex Abuse Victims Overwhelm NYC Institutions

Two weeks ago, the Child Victims Act was put into practice in New York, reopening the legal window for the year on past child molestation cases that were prevented by the statute of limitation. Already, 570 lawsuits have been filed. One Manhattan hospital, where a serial predator practiced for decades, has already settled with over 200 victims, even before their claims reached a court. As reported by the NY Post, at Rockefeller University Hospital, the deceased pedophile pediatrician Reginald Archibald may have abused over 1,000 children. A rush of cases brought ...

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‘Perversion files,’ child sex abuse and gonorrhea: Local Boy Scouts face five new lawsuits

Five new child sexual abuse lawsuits were filed against the Boy Scouts of America in Westchester County last month, as claims pile up against the organization. The Boy Scouts has deflected reports it's considering bankruptcy under the weight of possible legal settlements and court judgments across the country. The group is facing questions over long-secret “perversion files” of suspected and known abusers. Attorneys in many suits are accusing the scouts of setting up a system that protected pedophiles from justice and put children in direct contact with ...

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Child Victims Act lawsuits pile up as Rockefeller University Hospital settles 200-plus

The Child Victims Act, passed by the state legislature in February, opened a “look back” window on Aug. 14 — a one-year chance to bring old cases to court. An avalanche of claims has already begun to hit local courts, and more than a dozen states are considering similar measures to extend the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. “It’s growing daily,” said Manhattan attorney Jennifer Freeman of the Marsh Law Firm. Marsh, which also represents more than 200 alleged Archibald victims and has filed suit on behalf of 45 of them so far, ...

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Lawsuit launched against Leatherstocking Council

Rome Sentinel
A lawsuit has been launched against the Boy Scouts of America and its local Leatherstocking Council on behalf of three adult males alleging that as minors they were sexually abused by scoutmasters or assistant scoutmasters. The suit was prepared by the Marsh Law Firm PLLC of White Plains and the Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLL firm of Seattle, Wash., including documents for state Supreme Court in Oneida County. Documents were provided to the Daily Sentinel in conjunction with an announcement this week involving the two firms and attorneys representing 550 childhood ...

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Child Sex Abuse Victims Sue Catholic Church, Boy Scouts

A wave of legal action spurred by the passage of the Child Victims Act has emerged in New York State, where attorneys representing victims of child sex abuse on August 28 announced lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Boy Scouts of America. Countless lawsuits targeting a broad range of alleged predators were filed the day the law went into effect on August 14. The lawsuits unveiled on August 28 by Marsh Law Firm and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, which have expertise in representing survivors of child sex abuse, were filed ...

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Child Victims Act leaves many with no path to justice

Indeed, of more than 500 lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act since Aug. 14, nearly 97 percent have identified large institutions — namely the Catholic church or the Boy Scouts of America —instead of individuals. Fewer than 20 cases have named solely an individual or multiple individuals, according to a Times Union analysis of online court filings. Some activists, including the Child Victims Act’s most fervent supporters, are calling on New York legislators to create a public-and-private victims' fund to compensate survivors who cannot pursue justice under ...

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Child sex abuse victim says scoutmaster sexually abused him for two years in the ’60s

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A man who said he was sexually abused by a scoutmaster in the '60s is one of the people who filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. Michael Schall said by coming forward he is advocating for his younger self, someone who had no voice at the time. Schall's Attorney, Mike Pfau said the Boy Scouts at the time knew about thousands of perpetrators in their ranks, and that no local authorities or parents were made aware. "What chose to do is keep secret files, they call them the perversion ...

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