Child Victims Act (CVA)


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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NY Lawsuit Targets Shuttered Sex Marketplace Backpage

A woman who says she was exploited for years starting at age 12 by a sex trafficker who used the shuttered website Backpage.com to sell her is suing the founders of the site under New York's Child Victims Act, which loosened the statute of limitations for child sex abuse. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in state court in Manhattan by Melanie Thompson, now 23, charges that the men who ran Backpage advertised her for sex even though they knew she was a minor, masking her age in the ads to keep law enforcers at bay. Thompson is being represented by the Seattle-based law firm ...

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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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More former paperboys say a Democrat and Chronicle supervisor sexually abused them

More former paperboys are coming forward, saying they were molested by their supervisor when they worked for the Democrat and Chronicle in the 1980s. Five men contacted WXXI in the days after our story first aired on Oct. 15.  Three of them are either joining Bates' lawsuit or filing separate legal claims against the newspaper. They said they believe Bates' allegations of sexual abuse, because they experienced something similar when they delivered newspapers for the Democrat and Chronicle in the early 1980s. Bates' lawsuit, which was filed on Oct. 15, claims ...

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More Gannett paperboys allege sexual abuse

Their stories are strikingly similar: Five middle-aged men, all former Democrat and Chronicle paperboys in Brighton in the early 1980s, who claim they were sexually abused by their supervisor while on the job. They spoke up one at a time, and mostly unbeknownst to the others, in the weeks since CITY and its media partner WXXI News first reported last month that another man, Rick Bates, sued the newspaper and its parent company, Gannett Co., for abuse he allegedly suffered as a paperboy in Brighton in 1983. Their alleged perpetrator was Jack Lazeroff, who was ...

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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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