Child Victims Act (CVA)


Former Catholic brother speaks out about church sex abuse scandal

Allegations of sex abuse within the Catholic Church have been widespread for years, but it’s not often that someone from within the clergy talks about the problem. Richard Cardillo is one of the few who will. Cardillo was a Christian Brother — a member of the teaching order within the Catholic Church — from 1976 to 1990. He described child sex abuse as an accepted part of the culture, only spoken about in whispers. Cardillo said the hushed conversations would include questions like, “I wonder what he did with that kid? And I wonder where he got caught? Can ...

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Lawsuits expected as dozens of WNY Boy Scout leaders accused of sex abuse

Ronald C. Williams has served prison sentences in three states for child sex abuse felony convictions over the past 28 years. But Williams' penchant for sexually abusing children goes back to when he was a K-9 patrolman on the Buffalo police force and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, according to Bob O'Donnell of the Town of Boston. O’Donnell said Williams, who had been his Cub Scout leader, abused him at least 10 times in the mid-1970s, when O’Donnell was 13 or 14 and Williams took him canoeing and camping on Eighteen Mile Creek. “The guy pretty much raped ...

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Boy Scouts Could Be Hit With More Sex Abuse Claims

Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts' finances to the point where the organization is exploring "all available options," including Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But now the financial threats have intensified. The reason: States have been moving in recent months to adjust their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages. New York state has passed a law that will allow such lawsuits starting in August. A similar bill in New Jersey has reached the governor's desk. Bills also are pending in Pennsylvania and ...

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Man sues Iona Prep over alleged sexual abuse by teacher 40 years ago

A man is suing Iona Prep in New Rochelle claiming he was abused by a brother and teacher from the school about 40 years ago. Richard Cardillo tells News 12 that he was sexually abused when he was 17 years old by Iona Prep teacher Brother Tony Ferro. He now claims, 43 years later, that the Irish Christian Brothers and the school knew Ferro had done this before.

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Former Iona Prep student alleges abuse by Irish Christian Brothers, culture of silence

Schools in New York and New Jersey moved around — what lawyers claim is — one of the most prolific abusers of the Irish Christian Brothers. Ferro is one of the six current members of the order on a list of Christian Brothers with more than one abuse claim against them. The Christian Brothers said the order was aware of this abuse claim, which was filed as part of the bankruptcy case Lawyers for former Iona Prep student Richard Cardillo believe the lawsuit they plan to file in August will reveal the sexual abuse and secrecy in the Christian Brothers ...

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What Do the Church’s Victims Deserve?

The Catholic Church is turning to outside arbiters to reckon with its history of sexual abuse. But skeptics argue that its legacy of evasion continues. An Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, run by Feinberg and Biros, began hearing and processing claims of priestly sexual abuse for the Archdiocese of New York in the fall of 2016. Feinberg and Biros subsequently established compensation programs in the Dioceses of Brooklyn (which includes Queens) and Rockville Centre (Long Island), and upstate, in the Dioceses of Syracuse and Ogdensburg. Their portfolio ...

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Catholic Religious Orders Brace for New Wave of NY Lawsuits

An attorney who targets accused pedophile priests says lawsuits filed under New York’s Child Victims Act could ravage the finances of some Catholic religious orders. According to Michael Pfau, a Seattle-based lawyer who has represented scores of clergy abuse survivors, there are more than 170 religious orders operating in New York. Many have their national or regional headquarters in the state. "I think religious orders, for whatever reason, have flown under the radar. Especially in New York State," said Pfau. According to data compiled at Georgetown ...

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NY Law Firms Taking More Child Sex Abuse Cases in Wake of New Law’s Enactment

Law firms in New York state have already started working on several cases soon to be brought by victims of child sexual abuse after a bill was signed into law earlier this month that extended the period of time during which those claims can be filed. Several of those firms have also put money into the new law, called the Child Victims Act, by paying to advertise their services when users search for it on the internet. So far, many have received a return on that investment. One such firm is the Marsh Law Firm, which sponsored an ad to appear near the top of search ...

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With Ink Not Yet Dry on the New York Child Victims Act, There Is Already Reason to Be Concerned About the Victims in this Process

Class actions are designed for circumstances where the victims have identical or nearly identical harm, or where such small monetary amounts are at stake that individual suits are implausible.

This cannot be permitted to happen to the sex abuse victims in New York, after 15 years of enormous effort to pass the Child Victims Act, who are supposed to be receiving a chance at full justice. The good news is that the class action lawsuit was filed in federal court where class actions must give victims a right to “opt out” of the lawsuit. So every victim will have the opportunity to think carefully about whether a “quickie” class action settlement is truly in her or his best interest.

The public policy problem, though, is that this is a great way for lawyers to benefit while survivors are once again made second-class participants in their own journey to justice. It’s bad enough they were victimized as children; and then they were re-victimized by insultingly short SOLs; but to be re-victimized after the CVA passes by not being taken individually and seriously in their own lawsuit constitutes the wrong result. It violates the spirit and the intent of the Child Victims Act so many labored so long to actualize.

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I-Team: How a Future Sex Offender Found a Home in 2 NY Boy Scout Troops

Decades before he became a registered sex offender, 60-year-old John Stella was an Assistant Scoutmaster dogged by allegations of abuse in an upstate Boy Scout troop. Decades before John Stella became a registered sex offender, he was an Assistant Scoutmaster dogged by allegations of abuse in upstate NY“He was a sadist,” one ex-Scout said. “I can still think of details. Like the smell of this guy’s chewing tobacco is still in my nose"The Boy Scouts of America told the I-Team Stella’s 1989 arrest was the first time the national headquarters knew of any ...

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