News


Diocese of Rockville Centre seeks dismissal of 44 abuse claims

Newsday Logl
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. “...

Read More


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

Vice Logo
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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


Child Victims Act faces legal challenge from Long Island Catholic diocese

New York Daily News Logo
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," ...

Read More


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

New York Daily News Logo
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 ...

Read More


‘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...

Read More


Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way

Though platforms bar child sexual abuse imagery on the web, criminals are exploiting gaps. Victims are caught in a living nightmare, confronting images again and again. The two sisters live in fear of being recognized. One grew out her bangs and took to wearing hoodies. The other dyed her hair black. Both avoid looking the way they did as children. Ten years ago, their father did the unthinkable: He posted explicit photos and videos on the internet of them, just 7 and 11 at the time. Many captured violent assaults in their Midwestern home, including him and another ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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

New York Daily News Logo
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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More