Childhood Sexual Abuse


Child Victims Act: Time running out for lawyers, accusers with hundreds more cases pending

The New York window for filing Child Victims Act suits ends in August, but one prominent law firm is calling for a one-year extension. Perhaps most disturbing, say plaintiffs lawyers, is that time is running out for some to file with so much work to be done. Time is also running out for clients as they age and health concerns catch up with them. Jennifer Freeman, a senior attorney with New York-based Marsh Law, has already lost one client, not to other firms, but to time itself. Freeman said a client, who had filed anonymously and ...

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Four more paperboys sue the Democrat and Chronicle claiming sexual abuse

Their stories of Lazeroff using decoys and misdirection to grope them or invite them to fondle him bore striking similarities. Some told of Lazeroff approaching them on their paper routes under the guise of wanting to help them finish early or, in the winter, to stay warm.

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Federal court sets deadline for filing claims against the Rochester Diocese

Law firms representing clients in sex abuse lawsuits against the Rochester Catholic Diocese are urging survivors to file their claim before August 13, a deadline handed down by the bankruptcy court presiding over the Diocese’s bankruptcy filing. Last fall, the Rochester Diocese was the first in New York to seek bankruptcy protection due to numerous lawsuits filed against the diocese under the Child Victims Act. James Marsh, founder of the New York City-based Marsh Law Firm, says the bankruptcy court has issued an August 13 deadline, called a bar date, for survivors ...

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Five former D&C paperboys now claim sexual abuse by newspaper employee

Four more one-time Democrat and Chronicle paperboys have sued the newspaper and its corporate owners, accusing them of hiring a circulation department employee who was a persistent pederast. The employee, Jack J. Lazeroff, was identified as a suspected molester in stories published last year by the Democrat and Chronicle and City Newspaper, and in a lawsuit filed in October by a former paperboy from Brighton. Now four other men who delivered the D&C when they were young have filed a second lawsuit against the newspaper; its owner, Gannett Co. Inc., and related ...

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Child sexual abuse survivors deal with bankruptcy, old evidence after laws extend statute of limitations

Although lawsuits like his may provide catharsis, they offer no promise of speedy legal relief. In some cases, independent corroborating evidence is gone or nonexistent, making it difficult to prove plaintiffs' claims. The alleged assailants may have died, leaving the accusers to sue the Boy Scouts, religious organizations, schools, foster care providers and other children-focused groups they believe enabled their abusers. That legal strategy requires plaintiffs to prove the organizations had reason to know about the abusers' conduct. Additionally, the ...

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Leader, lawyer react to Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - After being hit by lawsuits amounting to millions and millions of dollars, the Boys Scouts of America is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to a special website created by the Boy Scouts, one reason for the bankruptcy filing is to “create a Trust that will provide equitable compensation to victims.” This comes after the Boy Scouts of America was hit by lawsuits amounting to millions and millions of dollars. Meanwhile, one law firm says it’s too soon to say if local scout councils will be involved in the filing. Marsh Law ...

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Local, national Boy Scouts sued over ex-leader’s alleged sexual abuse

A lawsuit has been filed against Boy Scouts of America and Heart of Ohio Council in Richland County Common Pleas Court, accusing the organizations of failing to provide a safe environment and negligence, attorneys said in a news release. Although the complaint does not yet appear in online court records, attorneys say the lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of an Ohio boy who says he was sexually exploited by Thomas Close, a former scout leader who was sentenced last month to 30 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting children, as well as receiving ...

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Retired Bishop with Alzheimer’s will testify in Rochester Diocese bankruptcy case

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Retired Rochester Bishop Matthew Clark will deposed to testify in an upcoming hearing for the Diocese of Rochester’s bankruptcy case, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Clark’s deposition will happen in the next 30 days. According to a victims attorney, the deposition could last up to three hours and a transcription will be recorded, although no sound or video recording device will be used. Also happening Tuesday in court, the judge set a bar for alleged victims to file claims. All claims need to be submitted to Rochester ...

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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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