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‘Pool doctor’ molested countless children for decades, investigation confirms

The report, released Thursday, confirmed the doctor’s decades-long reign of predatory abuse. “It is clear that Archibald, taking advantage of his position as a trusted and respected physician and researcher, engaged in a widespread pattern of misconduct and sexually abused many children at the Hospital over the course of many years when offering patients medical care and treatment,” the report found. In addition to photographing countless children naked, Archibald masturbated patients under the pretext of drawing semen samples for research purposes, according ...

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Former Catholic brother speaks out about church sex abuse scandal

Allegations of sex abuse within the Catholic Church have been widespread for years, but it’s not often that someone from within the clergy talks about the problem. Richard Cardillo is one of the few who will. Cardillo was a Christian Brother — a member of the teaching order within the Catholic Church — from 1976 to 1990. He described child sex abuse as an accepted part of the culture, only spoken about in whispers. Cardillo said the hushed conversations would include questions like, “I wonder what he did with that kid? And I wonder where he got caught? Can ...

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Buffalo-area Boy Scout leaders linked to sex abuse involving children

More than two dozen Boy Scout leaders from the Buffalo area have been charged by police with molesting children or morals crimes involving children or were barred by the Boy Scouts of America from registering as Scout leaders due to allegations against them involving children. The Boy Scouts put some of these Scout leaders in their "Perversion Files," also known as the "Ineligible Volunteer Files," which an Oregon judge forced them to release in 2012. Those files contained information about allegations made between 1965 and 1985. The Buffalo News also added to this ...

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Lawsuits expected as dozens of WNY Boy Scout leaders accused of sex abuse

Ronald C. Williams has served prison sentences in three states for child sex abuse felony convictions over the past 28 years. But Williams' penchant for sexually abusing children goes back to when he was a K-9 patrolman on the Buffalo police force and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, according to Bob O'Donnell of the Town of Boston. O’Donnell said Williams, who had been his Cub Scout leader, abused him at least 10 times in the mid-1970s, when O’Donnell was 13 or 14 and Williams took him canoeing and camping on Eighteen Mile Creek. “The guy pretty much raped ...

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Boy Scouts Could Be Hit With More Sex Abuse Claims

Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts' finances to the point where the organization is exploring "all available options," including Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But now the financial threats have intensified. The reason: States have been moving in recent months to adjust their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages. New York state has passed a law that will allow such lawsuits starting in August. A similar bill in New Jersey has reached the governor's desk. Bills also are pending in Pennsylvania and ...

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Man sues Iona Prep over alleged sexual abuse by teacher 40 years ago

A man is suing Iona Prep in New Rochelle claiming he was abused by a brother and teacher from the school about 40 years ago. Richard Cardillo tells News 12 that he was sexually abused when he was 17 years old by Iona Prep teacher Brother Tony Ferro. He now claims, 43 years later, that the Irish Christian Brothers and the school knew Ferro had done this before.

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Nuns Sexually Abused These Women For Years. Now Survivors Speak Out.


Women Sexually Abused By Catholic Nuns Speak Up: She Told Me It Was ‘God’s Love’

Two survivors share stories of grooming, emotional manipulation and sexual abuse by nuns in the Catholic Church. The predator nun walked into Trish Cahill’s life straight out of the blue, on a busy summer day in the late 1960s. Cahill was a teenager back then, wire thin with long, chestnut brown hair framing her face. She was babysitting her cousins in Glen Rock, New Jersey, and there were eight of them to look after ― a big Catholic family, much like her own. One cousin was playing outside that day and Cahill had another little one in a high chair in the ...

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Former Iona Prep student alleges abuse by Irish Christian Brothers, culture of silence

Schools in New York and New Jersey moved around — what lawyers claim is — one of the most prolific abusers of the Irish Christian Brothers. Ferro is one of the six current members of the order on a list of Christian Brothers with more than one abuse claim against them. The Christian Brothers said the order was aware of this abuse claim, which was filed as part of the bankruptcy case Lawyers for former Iona Prep student Richard Cardillo believe the lawsuit they plan to file in August will reveal the sexual abuse and secrecy in the Christian Brothers ...

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What Do the Church’s Victims Deserve?

The Catholic Church is turning to outside arbiters to reckon with its history of sexual abuse. But skeptics argue that its legacy of evasion continues. An Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, run by Feinberg and Biros, began hearing and processing claims of priestly sexual abuse for the Archdiocese of New York in the fall of 2016. Feinberg and Biros subsequently established compensation programs in the Dioceses of Brooklyn (which includes Queens) and Rockville Centre (Long Island), and upstate, in the Dioceses of Syracuse and Ogdensburg. Their portfolio ...

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