A decades-old sex abuse investigation into a retired Sarasota pastor is raising questions about Florida's statute of limitations law and how it affects a victim's search for justice.
When police arrested Henry Porter earlier this month, they said they knew about his alleged victims for years. But the statute of limitations prevented them from making an arrest.
WUSF's Kerry Sheridan spoke with Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer who specializes in child sex abuse and child pornography cases. She says it often takes decades for victims to come forward.
The story starts with an everyday event - a WhatsApp message to a group set up by mums at the school gates to discuss missing jumpers and school trips.
But this message contains a video of a little boy being sexually abused. And one of the group members happens to be a BBC radio producer.
So begins an investigation into the dark world of child sexual exploitation as she tries to find out what happened to the boy. Has he been rescued? Is his abuser in jail?
Along the way she meets the police trying to combat the online proliferation of images and videos of ...
More former paperboys are coming forward, saying they were molested by their supervisor when they worked for the Democrat and Chronicle in the 1980s.
Five men contacted WXXI in the days after our story first aired on Oct. 15. Three of them are either joining Bates' lawsuit or filing separate legal claims against the newspaper.
They said they believe Bates' allegations of sexual abuse, because they experienced something similar when they delivered newspapers for the Democrat and Chronicle in the early 1980s.
Bates' lawsuit, which was filed on Oct. 15, claims ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...