Childhood Sexual Abuse


3,797 and counting: Child Victims Act suits in NY add up, with more expected

The civil action lawsuit is one of thousands filed under the Child Victims Act against individuals, schools, churches and youth organizations. Last August, the law allowed survivors of child sexual abuse one year to file claims against those responsible for abuse regardless of how long ago the incident took place. Nearly a year later, there were 3,797 suits as of late last week filed according to the New York Office of Court Administration, with 109 filed in Westchester, six in Dutchess and four in Rockland. New York County ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Archibald, Rockefeller University sued by dozens more in latest Child Victims Act case

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Child abuse survivor Ron Samuel, one of 80 accusers of reputed serial sexual predator Dr. Reginald Archibald in the latest Child Victims Act lawsuit against Rockefeller University, wanted his name in the court papers. “It’s important to come forward and discuss what happened, and protect other people,” he told the Daily News. “I have no problem exposing my name. I don’t want to be shut down in any manner. I wanted to come forward with the full story.” The latest sordid tales of Archibald’s decades of sick sexual behavior with children were contained in ...

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Another 80 accusers sue Rockefeller Hospital for sexual abuse by Dr. Reginald Archibald

Eighty more names were added to the list of men and women accusing a New York City hospital of knowing, and not preventing, a prominent pediatric specialist from sexually abusing and taking naked photographs of child patients. Over the past year, more than 100 individuals have come forward regarding abuse they said they endured decades ago under the care of Dr. Reginald Archibald, a pediatric endocrinologist at Rockefeller University Hospital.  Dr. Reginald Archibald The Marsh law firm is filing a group claim today on behalf ...

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Lawsuit accuses ex-Rockefeller University Hospital doctor of sexually abusing 80 children

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses a former doctor at Rockefeller University Hospital in Manhattan of sexually abusing 80 children — mostly boys — over a four-decade span under the guise of treating them for growth disorders. The lawsuit follows one filed last year by another 40 alleged victims against the late Dr. Reginald Archibald, whom a lawyer for the plaintiffs called the most prolific pedophile in New York State, if not U.S., history. “It was at least hundreds, and perhaps thousands” of victims, said Jennifer Freeman, an attorney in the Wh...

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Girl Scouts sex-abuse claim included in NY civil case flurry

As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. Weiss-Russell has detailed her alleged ordeal in a new lawsuit filed against Girl Scouts of the USA, part of a flurry of child sex-abuse cases in New York using a “look back window” for making civil claims against abusers. “For me, it gives me a chance to be heard because I didn’t have that chance when I was young and ...

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Child Victims Act gets one-year extension, giving child sex abuse survivors more time to sue

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The civil courts were closed for months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York, so the State Legislature has decided to grant the survivors of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits under the Child Victims Act by extending it for another year. After the Legislature passed the extension with a veto-proof vote, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on Monday. “Today, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reaffirmed their commitment to justice for decades of heinous abuse committed by the most trusted members of society,” said James ...

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Hundreds of new child sex abuse lawsuits flood in due to deadline uncertainty

Victims of child sexual abuse are rushing lawsuits into New York state court, fearful that two attempts to extend the deadline for such suits will amount to nothing. More than 400 child sexual abuse suits have been filed in the past month, and 1,000 since late May. Hundreds more are expected before the original deadline arrives in three weeks. "Our firms are working around the clock to finalize the complaints. We’re filing all of our cases now," said Michael Pfau, a Seattle-based lawyer who, in conjunction with a New York firm, has filed upward of 600 ...

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Sexual Abuse Survivor Calls Mandatory Reporter Bill a Good Start

Advocates are calling a bill making priests and other clergy mandatory reporters of sexual abuse a first step. The bill that passed the Assembly includes a provision missing from the original draft. The original would have required priests report child abuse they hear about during the act of confession. The current version keeps those conversations private. "This exception swallows the rule," said Jennifer Freeman, Smith's attorney. "Just like for lawyers, if we hear that someone is about to commit a crime and is in danger of committing a future crime, we must come ...

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Child Victims Act suit filed against former St. Joseph’s school

A Dunkirk man has filed a Child Victims Act lawsuit against the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and School for repeated abuse he alleged happened in the early 1960s. The 20-page complaint was filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. The Dunkirk man, who is not being identified, said he was abused by the Rev. Edward Walker between 1960 and 1962 when he was about 12 to 14 years old. Walker was a priest at St. Joseph’s and was associated with Sisters of St. Joseph in Clarence. Sisters of St. Joseph was also named in the suit, with the city ...

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Survivor Speaks About Syracuse Catholic Diocese Filing for Bankruptcy

Amy, a sexual abuse survivor, was 11 years old when she was touched inappropriately by a male figure in her church. The abuse has impacted Amy all her life and when the Child Victim’s Act passed, she was afraid to file a claim. “I was shaking and my heart was racing, I didn’t know what to expect, and rehashing everything he had done to me, I didn’t know how I was going to handle it,” said Amy. And when she learned the Syracuse Catholic Diocese filed for bankruptcy, she was upset. “I thought it was them taking the easy way out so they didn’t have ...

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