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Under NYS Child Victims Act, 54-year-old man sues Diocese of Ogdensburg for childhood abuse

PLATTSBURGH — The day M.G. turned 23, he lost the chance to sue his childhood abuser. Now, nearly three decades later, the Child Victims Act has returned his voice. In his lawsuit against what was once St. John’s Church and Academy in the city of Plattsburgh, as well as the Diocese of Ogdensburg, M.G. is suing for negligence, no apportionment of liability and outrage and intentional infliction of emotional distress. M.G. said he had been sexually abused in his mid-teens by former St. John’s priest Father Thomas Squires, who is named in the suit, and, with the ...

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New York City potentially facing 17 more sex abuse lawsuits and millions in legal exposure

The city government is potentially facing 17 new child sexual abuse lawsuits and tens of millions of dollars in legal exposure, a Manhattan law firm revealed in a recent letter to the city comptroller. In the Oct. 11 letter, lawyer Jennifer Freeman tells Comptroller Scott Stringer her clients plan on filing “at least" 17 lawsuits against the city in the coming months and calls out the city Education Department and the Administration for Children’s Services specifically for past abuse. “A worldwide spotlight has now been placed on the wrongdoing of major ...

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Facebook Encryption Eyed in Fight Against Online Child Sex Abuse

An explosion in reports of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet is prompting the authorities to step up pressure on technology companies over their use of encryption — and Facebook, which flags by far the largest amount of the material, is drawing outsize attention. The tension is part of a growing debate over privacy and policing in the digital age. Law enforcement groups have long lamented the use of encryption, a tool that protects personal data from hackers and government surveillance but also lets child predators and other criminals hide their online ...

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Advocates For Abuse Survivors Question Objectivity Of Independent Review of Catholic Church Practices

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Advocates for survivors of abuse related to the Catholic Church are hopeful but skeptical of an independent review that found the New York Archdiocese is actively working towards preventing abuse. Any improvement in how the Catholic Church treats children is good, according to attorney Michael Pfau, partner at Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis, Amala, in partnership with The Marsh Firm. “Of course, the baseline you start at, the Catholic Church has a dismal history," said Pfau, who represents dozens of people who claim to have been abused ...

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An Explosion in Online Child Sex Abuse: What You Need to Know

Tech companies are reporting a boom in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — a record 45 million illegal images were flagged last year alone — exposing a system at a breaking point and unable to keep up with the perpetrators, an investigation by The New York Times found. The spiraling activity can be attributed in part to a neglectful federal government, overwhelmed law enforcement agencies and struggling tech companies. And while global in scope, the problem is firmly rooted in the United States because of the role Silicon Valley ...

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The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

Online predators create and share the illegal material, which is increasingly cloaked by technology. Tech companies, the government and the authorities are no match. The images are horrific. Children, some just 3 or 4 years old, being sexually abused and in some cases tortured. Pictures of child sexual abuse have long been produced and shared to satisfy twisted adult obsessions. But it has never been like this: Technology companies reported a record 45 million online photos and videos of the abuse last year. More than a decade ago, when the reported number was ...

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He Sued Over a Priest’s Abuse. Then the Diocese Filed for Bankruptcy.

For some, the departure from state court is not a major setback. Jake Giovati, 30, who said he had been abused by a priest at one of the diocese’s parishes when he was about 10, said he believed the diocese was still being held to answer. “In my mind, filing for bankruptcy is them looking at those claims and seeing them as so credible that they do not believe they could denounce those in court,” Mr. Giovati said. But many others see the bankruptcy as a circumvention of the justice that can be delivered in civil court and in direct defiance of the state’s new ...

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20 men sue Madison Square Boys and Girls Club over alleged abuse by ‘Basketball Diaries’ coach and doctor

Twenty men have filed suit against the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, alleging the organization was negligent in allowing alleged sexual abuse by two staff members, one of whom was depicted in the 1978 memoir "The Basketball Diaries." The complaint alleges gym director Nicholas "Lefty" Antonucci and "pool doctor" Dr. Reginald Archibald routinely and systematically abused boys at the club, and that the club "failed to address sexual abuse which was occurring in plain sight." Antonucci was featured as Lefty in "The Basketball Diaries," a memoir by Jim Carroll, ...

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Lawsuit: Staten Island man among sex-abuse victims of infamous doctor

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A Staten Island man claims in a lawsuit that he was sexually abused as a child at a boys club in Manhattan by a doctor who has been the subject of numerous accusations at a hospital. The Marsh Law Firm filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan against the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, formerly known as the Madison Square Boys Club (MSBC), on behalf of 20 alleged sex-abuse survivors under the Child Victims Act. The victims now live throughout the United States in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, New ...

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‘Basketball Diaries’ coach sexually abused young boys: suit

The coach who inspired a character in “The Basketball Diaries” sexually abused young boys from the 1950s through the 1980s, according to a lawsuit filed by 20 alleged victims against the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Nicholas Antonucci, the club’s long-time gym director and basketball coach, allegedly “fondled boys’ genitals” inside the gym, locker room, closets and swimming pool in view of other staffers, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Monday. Jim Carroll’s 1978 memoir “The Basketball Diaries” — later adapted into a ...

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