Child Victims Act (CVA)


Bishop acknowledges child predators were sent for ‘treatment’

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany engaged in a decades-long cover-up of chronic child sexual abuse committed by its priests by employing practices described in a recent statement from former Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, who ran the diocese from 1977 to 2014. Hubbard’s statement, issued through his attorney in response to a series of questions from the Times Union, confirmed that the diocese shielded priests and others facing sexual abuse allegations — sending them into private treatment programs rather than contacting law enforcement officials or alerting ...

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He alleges sex abuse by prominent Staten Island priest ‘robbed’ him of childhood, explains why he went public with lawsuit

A former Staten Islander alleges that he was sexually abused for several years beginning when he was a teen in the 1990s by a Roman Catholic priest who served for decades on Staten Island. Ryan Barry, now a husband and father who lives in Pennsylvania, said in a lawsuit and a recent interview with the Advance/SILive.com that he was preyed upon by the Rev. James Garisto, a former pastor, teacher and school administrator in our borough. “He robbed me of pretty much my whole childhood and my teenage years,” Barry said of Father Garisto. Barry sued the Archdioc...

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Women say culture of secrecy at Victory Church enabled predators to abuse them as girls

According to the court papers filed under the Child Victims Act in New York State Supreme Court in Monroe County Monday, the church allowed and even encouraged multiple men with known histories of sexual abuse to serve on staff and look after girls in unsupervised settings. The window to file cases under New York's Child Victims Act, which allowed adults to file civil lawsuits for sexual abuse that occurred when they were under 18, closes on Aug. 14. The three women are seeking judgments against Victory Baptist Church with compensatory and punitive damages to be ...

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Former Boy Scouts speak out on sexual abuse claims, bankruptcy case


As Child Victims Act lookback window nears closing, some still don’t know it exists

The Child Victims Act was passed by the state legislature in January 2019. Sexual abuse survivors and advocates spent more than a decade pushing for the legislation. With it came a one-year lookback window, giving all survivors, regardless of age, the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit against their perpetrator. That was extended an additional year because of issues with court closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Amala, a partner at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC representing Phillips, says it’s not uncommon for survivors to not know about the CVA. ...

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Child Victims Act Reaches Florida

Floridians who may have been sexually abused in New York State will want to know about the extension of a law. The Child Victims Act, passed in 2019 in New York State, allows people who were sexually abused to file civil charges against their abuser even if the statute of limitations for that particular crime has run out. Marsh Law Firm represents these cases, and Jennifer Freeman is Senior Counsel there. “That means any claim at any time, no matter where you live now, if you were abused sexually as a child in New York State, you have a claim. But ...

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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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NewsNation talks to attorney about New York childhood sex abuse landmark legislation

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Phoenix school district sex abuse lawsuit update

On Sept. 15, 2020, four women, all former 1970s-era Phoenix middle and high school students, filed a civil sexual abuse lawsuit against the Phoenix Central School District in state Supreme Court. Attorney Mollie Cearley, of the Marsh Law Firm representing the women, explained that “ultimately at the end of the day, it’s the district who was responsible for protecting these students, and it was the district that then for years and years turned a blind eye to the pain of these students.” The school district, according to Cearley, originally had 60 days to submit ...

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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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