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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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Hospital acknowledges former doctor sexually abused patients

A Manhattan hospital is apologizing to patients who were sexually abused by a doctor. More than 100 people have now come forward and allege that an Upper East Side doctor sexually abused them as children.

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Skidmore Student Found Responsible for Attack Suspended for Additional Two Years

On Wednesday, Kiefer was informed that her attacker would be given a two-year suspension. She said she initially hesitated to share the news. “Then I decided, ‘You know what? These people have been by my side 100 percent this whole time, and I want them to know what’s going on.’ I want them to be a part of this because they’ve been a part of it, and I think it feels good to me to share that.” Kiefer said she was satisfied to know that her attacker would not return to Skidmore during her tenure, but said the two-year suspension feels “incomplete.” ...

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Sexual Assault Decision Expected at Skidmore College

The issue of campus sexual violence has reached Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. During the next week, the school administration is expected to decide whether a male student who was found to have violated the school's sexual misconduct policy will be allowed to re-enroll. He was suspended for a year amid accusations he raped a female student.Jacob Reiskin, editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, Skidmore News, said students are calling for the male student to be suspended — but the school's policy doesn't require it.

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