Childhood Sexual Abuse


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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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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A Catholic Diocese in New York Is Trying to Stop More Child Sex Abuse Survivors From Suing

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A Roman Catholic diocese wants the New York supreme court to throw out new lawsuits filed by childhood sex abuse survivors, challenging the constitutionality of a groundbreaking law that lets survivors sue no matter how much time has passed. But the Rockville Centre’s filing argues that the Child Victims Act violates the New York state constitution’s due process clause. Survivors could have sued before the statute of limitations on the abuse ran out, the motion also argues. The diocese’s opposition to the Child Victims Act breaks with the Catholic Bishops ...

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Long Island Catholic diocese sues to end Child Victims Act

The Rockville Centre Catholic diocese on Long Island sued to challenge the constitutionality of New York's Child Victims Act, the year-long legislation that opens the legal recourse door for those who say they were sexually abused. Jennifer Freeman, of New York-based Marsh Law, thinks this effort will fail. "This is absurd. There's no constitutional right to a statue of limitations," Freeman said. "The Child Victims Act was put into place to help end the plague of child sex abuse in New York." For attorneys like Freeman the anonymity judgment was another ...

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Child Victims Act faces legal challenge from Long Island Catholic diocese

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Long Island Catholic leaders are challenging a key state law against sexual abuse in legal papers filed Wednesday in Nassau County Supreme Court. The 79-page motion “respectfully moves the court” to dismiss dozens of sexual abuse claims brought against the Rockville Centre diocese since the Child Victims Act went into effect in August. Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer whose firm represents dozens of alleged victims, slammed the church for the move. “They are now decisively moving to shield predators and hide the heinous crimes that occurred under their watch," ...

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Catholic Church files to challenge law protecting sex abuse victims

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The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed papers Tuesday in Nassau County Supreme Court against the act, which changed the statute of limitations for child sex crimes and opened up a year-long window where any child sex abuse victim can file a claim against their abuser, regardless of when the alleged crime happened. Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer with the Marsh Lawfirm that focuses on child sex abuse and pornography cases, said her firm has at least 200 clients with new claims against the Catholic Church. “They will lose because the court needs to show the legislature ...

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Sex abuse accuser takes Rockefeller University to court to see what the school knew about Dr. Reginald M. Archibald, who is named as molester

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A former Rockland County judge who has accused a Rockefeller University doctor of sexually abusing him is demanding a judge unseal 60-year-old grand jury records that may shed light on what university officials knew, when they knew it and whether they should have acted. The application to unseal the records, filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court, requests the court make public transcripts and physical evidence presented to a grand jury in 1960 and 1961 as part of a probe into Dr. Reginald M. Archibald. “Judge Apotheker, along with hundreds of other victims and ...

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‘If Those Were Pictures of You, You Would Understand’

Two sisters talk candidly about their lives after being sexually abused as children. It has been 10 years, but online photos and videos continue to haunt them. Two sisters from the Midwest are among the untold number of survivors of child sexual abuse who say they are unable to escape their horrific experiences because of the internet. Millions of photos and videos of children being sexually abused exist on a wide range of platforms, from Dropbox to Facebook Messenger, for criminals around the world to see. An investigation by The New York Times fo...

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