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N.Y. suspended its statute of limitations on child sex abuse. A flood of claims emerged.

People who were sexually abused as children often need years to process what they’ve endured. By then, it’s often too late to take legal action against those responsible. But New York and a dozen other states are exploring changing the statutes of limitations. Lisa Desjardins reports and talks to Gail Coleman, a plaintiff in one of the New York sex abuse cases, and her attorney, Jennifer Freeman.

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Childhood sex abuse cases will now be heard even if abuse happened decades ago

Attorneys are calling it a historic moment. Childhood sex abuse survivors will now be able to have their cases heard even if the abuse happened decades ago. The change now allows a one-year window for anyone who suffered child sex abuse to file a civil lawsuit no matter when it happened.

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NY law gives child sex abuse victims new chance at justice

New York state’s new Child Victims Act is already changing lives. Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle speak with Jennifer Freeman, whose firm represents hundreds of child sex abuse survivors, and Shaun Dougherty, who is a survivor of abuse within the Catholic church, about their thoughts on this new opportunity for justice.

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New York opens door to old abuse claims: “I never thought that this moment would come”

A groundbreaking new law took effect overnight in New York. The Child Victims Act gives sexual abuse survivors, barred by a statute of limitations, a one-year window to file a civil lawsuit against their alleged perpetrators, and institutions like the boy scouts, schools and the Catholic Church. "This is about accountability and responsibility," Freeman said. "Holding those institutions responsible for what they allowed or did to children." The Child Victims Act opens a one-year "look-back window" in New York during which any person who was under the age of ...

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New One-Year Window for Child Sex Abuse Victims


Child Victims Act aims to help sex abuse victims take action

As part of the Child Victims Act, people who say they were victims of sexual abuse as children have one year to file civil lawsuits against their abusers, no matter how long ago the alleged abuse occurred. The window to file that suit under the law closes Aug. 14, 2020. Massapequa native Rich Klein and his lawyer say they plan to file a lawsuit at 12:01 a.m. against the late Dr. Reginald Archibald. Klein alleges that Archibald, a pediatrician who worked at Rockefeller University and died in 2007, took photographs of him naked, "supposedly in the name of medical ...

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Deluge of sex abuse lawsuits expected to be filed under Child Victims Act

BUFFALO, N.Y. — In just one week, a long-awaited window will open for those who claim to be victims of child sex abuse, but who were previously denied the ability to seek legal retribution in New York State. It’s all part of the Child Victims Act passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor earlier this year. It will, for one year, essentially repeal the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases. Members of the legal system, including attorneys and court personnel, conservatively predict that several thousand lawsuits will be filed ...

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“Look-back” window opens soon for sexual abuse survivors

Albany-area native Gordon Smith discusses what he went through in his teenage years at his local church, how it affected him then and now, and why he's filing his lawsuit. Attorney Jennifer Freeman, Smith's lawyer, discusses the number of legal suits that her office is handling in anticipation of the mid-August date.

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Man shares allegations of abuse at hands of Albany-area priest

NewsChannel 13 exclusively obtained "complainant’s statements" submitted by Michael Harmon to the lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, which confirmed it had forwarded to state prosecutors for review. According to Harmon’s statements, throughout his teenage years he was molested by a former priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany named Edward Pratt. Additionally, Harmon claims he was threatened with arrest when he went to the bishop at the time for help. Now decades later, Harmon and others are starting to speak out as attorneys across New ...

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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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