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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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Lawsuit: Doctor, Coach Abused Boys At Renowned Youth Club

NEW YORK (AP) — A new lawsuit accuses a well-known New York City boys club of sexual abuse dating to 1950. Monday's lawsuit says a doctor and basketball coach abused 20 boys at what is now the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Dr. Reginald Archibald has also been accused of molesting boys at Rockefeller University Hospital. Archibald died in 2007. Ex-club members say he abused them during exams and used his club affiliation to recruit victims to his growth study. Coach Nicholas “Lefty” Antonucci is accused of grabbing boys' genitals. The Associated ...

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More Lawsuits Filed Against Buffalo Diocese, Boy Scouts

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Attorneys representing 550 survivors across New York State have announced that the Buffalo Diocese and the Boy Scouts of America have been served with lawsuits and formal discovery requests....starting with decades worth of evidence on child sex abusers, including the Catholic Church’s “secret files” and the Boy Scouts’ “ineligible volunteer files.” “For decades, institutions like the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts have refused to acknowledge the abuse they allowed to occur under their watch, while hiding their ‘secret files’ behind ...

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The “Lookback Window” Opens

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Mara Silvers, WNYC's All Things Considered producer, talks about the expected flood of lawsuits as the Child Victims Act goes into effect on August 14 with its one-year "lookback window" extending the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse.

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Flood Of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected To Hit NY Next Week

Next Wednesday, adult survivors of child sex abuse in New York will begin filing a flood of civil lawsuits against institutions and individuals, after decades of having their cases barred from court because the allegations were too old. Hundreds of plaintiffs are expected to sue organizations large and small, including Catholic dioceses and parishes, the Boy Scouts of America, hospitals and educational institutions. The one year window was enacted under the Child Victims Act that lawmakers passed in January, and intended as a partial remedy to the state’s previous ...

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Child Abuse Victims Want To Know What NY AG Has Found In Catholic Church Files

An ongoing New York investigation that some think could hold a “bombshell” about abuse in the Catholic Church remains secret ­— and victims want to know what’s in it. “We think that New Yorkers deserve the same transparency and openness that citizens in the state of Pennsylvania received from the attorney general report there. And our letter is an attempt to encourage Attorney General Letitia James to do the same thing,” said attorney James Marsh, whose firm is representing hundreds of people who say they were abused by priests. AG James hasn’t ...

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Investigation Finds Deceased Doctor Sexually Abused Many Children

Lawyers hired by Rockefeller University Hospital to look into allegations against prominent pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Reginald Archibald found that he sexually abused many patients. Archibald, from Pelham, died in 2007. He treated children at Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1940s through the 1980s. Lawyers interviewed a thousand witnesses. They found Archibald photographed patients and took some to a private cabin on a remote Canadian island. The investigation uncovered evidence of a grand jury proceeding in 1961 in Manhattan, but there was no ...

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NYC doc took pics of sex abuse; patients seek their whereabouts

Peter Katsikis had only one appointment with Archibald, in 1969. He said Archibald directed him to remove his clothes; he touched him sexually and then took several photos of him in the nude. Katsikis was 12 and said it was his first sexual experience. He wouldn't tell anyone until he told his wife 26 years later. The trauma changed him, he said, making him cynical and sometimes short-tempered as an adult. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission. "I've replayed the episode a couple ...

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Patients Demand Nude Photos Doctor Took As Part Of Sex Abuse

Years ago, Gale Coleman, a patient of Dr. Reginald Archibald, requested and received her medical records from the hospital but the photos were never released. Coleman said that never receiving the photos “confirmed to me what I had suspected, which was that these pictures were not part of my medical file, they were not taken for medical reasons, they were taken for Dr. Archibald gratification.” Archibald, who is now deceased, was a well-respected pediatric endocrinologist who saw thousands of children at Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1950s to the ...

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Manhattan Hospital ‘Appalled’ By Former Doctor’s Inappropriate Contact With Patients

A New York City doctor who spent decades treating children at Rockefeller University Hospital may have also been sexually abusing them. Dr. Reginal Archibald is accused of abusing children decades ago. Attorney Jennifer Freeman with the Marsh Law Firm accused the hospital of a cover-up. "We've talked to victims. We informed them much earlier than that,” Freeman said. “There are even children who were complaining in the waiting room after their examinations." The hospital sent thousands of letters to Archibald's former patients and are asking for any other ...

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