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New York grants a reprieve for victims of child sexual abuse

A SURVIVOR of child sexual abuse in New York state previously had until the age of 23 to file charges or a civil claim against his or her abuser. It takes time to reckon with such malevolence, and to feel comfortable talking about the abuse, never mind speaking to police or a lawyer. A third of child sex-abuse victims never disclose that they have been abused. If they do, the average age of victims when they tell their stories is 52, usually too late to file criminal charges or to file a civil claim. On August 14th, six months after Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, ...

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Hundreds of sexual abuse cases filed under new law, but Lower Hudson Valley cases sparse

When the first day of the one-year window to file historic sexual abuse lawsuits ended, a clearer picture of where and who the cases will focus on emerged. One of most prolific abusers identified earlier this year by The Journal News/lohud, Dr. Reginal Archibald, started having lawsuits filed against his employer, the Rockefeller University Hospital. James Marsh of New York-based Marsh Law explained why it’s customary to not include dollar amounts in the initial filings in civil cases in New York. “It’s disfavored as part of New York law to include ...

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Childhood sex abuse cases will now be heard even if abuse happened decades ago

Attorneys are calling it a historic moment. Childhood sex abuse survivors will now be able to have their cases heard even if the abuse happened decades ago. The change now allows a one-year window for anyone who suffered child sex abuse to file a civil lawsuit no matter when it happened.

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Boy Scouts, Catholic Church, more face new lawsuits as NY Child Victims Act window opens

The newest allegations came Wednesday among hundreds of lawsuits filed under New York’s Child Victims Act, which opened a one-year window for lawsuits from child sexual abuse victims previously barred by the statute of limitations. Attorney Vincent Nappo said the goal is to raise public awareness. He said his firm – Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis and Amala – is filing seven lawsuits Wednesday in New York against Boy Scouts of America on behalf of 20 survivors of sexual abuse. The suits contain allegations that span decades, from the mid-19...

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NY law gives child sex abuse victims new chance at justice

New York state’s new Child Victims Act is already changing lives. Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle speak with Jennifer Freeman, whose firm represents hundreds of child sex abuse survivors, and Shaun Dougherty, who is a survivor of abuse within the Catholic church, about their thoughts on this new opportunity for justice.

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Civil Litigation Is Complicated by Jeffrey Epstein’s Death, Mysterious Estate

Jeffrey Epstein’s death last week in a Manhattan jail cell has complicated the path for victims of the wealthy financier seeking to recover from his estate, unleashing a slew of questions about where his assets are and who stands to inherit his millions. In addition to criminal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, Epstein was also facing the prospect of numerous civil suits from his accusers, when he was found dead early Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, apparently by suicide. Epstein’s death brought a sudden and unexpected close ...

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She says Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was a teen. A new law lets her sue.

Seizing on a legal opportunity that went into effect in New York today, a woman who alleges that Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was a teenager filed a lawsuit against the late financier’s estate, his longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed women who worked for him. The Child Victims Act opens a year-long window, beginning Wednesday, for adults who were sexually abused as children to revive their claims. Such litigation would previously have been barred by a statute of limitations that prevented victims from suing after age 23. The law is expected ...

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Lawsuit: Former Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard sexually abused teen

ALBANY — Former Bishop Howard Hubbard is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy during the 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. "From approximately 1994 through 1998, Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard exploited the trust and authority vested in them by defendants by grooming P.R. to gain his trust and to obtain control over him as part of Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard's plan to sexually molest and abuse P.R. and other children," the lawsuit filed by the the Marsh Law Firm alleges. Other lawsuits filed by the Marsh Law Firm allege ...

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Hundreds of lawsuits expected in New York after statute lifted on old child abuse cases

The state of New York on Wednesday began a one-year waiver of statute of limitations on civil child sex abuse lawsuits, with hundreds of lawsuits expected to be filed on the first day, according to The Associated Press. The state legislature earlier this year passed the Child Victims Act (CVA), which allowed the one-year “lookback” window. The Marsh Law Firm and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, which is representing Vajda, is also representing Raul Diaz, who alleges abuse by his scoutmaster, in his suit against the Boy Scouts. The firm is also ...

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New York opens door to old abuse claims: “I never thought that this moment would come”

A groundbreaking new law took effect overnight in New York. The Child Victims Act gives sexual abuse survivors, barred by a statute of limitations, a one-year window to file a civil lawsuit against their alleged perpetrators, and institutions like the boy scouts, schools and the Catholic Church. "This is about accountability and responsibility," Freeman said. "Holding those institutions responsible for what they allowed or did to children." The Child Victims Act opens a one-year "look-back window" in New York during which any person who was under the age of ...

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