Rochester, N.Y. — Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - For about five hours, sex abuse survivors and attorneys lobbed questions at Bishop Salvatore Matano as well as the CFO of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester.
It was the first meeting of the creditors in the diocese's bankruptcy case, which was filed last month after being slapped with dozens of sex abuse lawsuits.
The 'creditors' in this case, is sex abuse survivors. A committee of nine survivors will help settle the cases faced by the diocese.
The survivors and attorneys questioned the diocese over its finances, ...
Hundreds of child sex abuse claims have been filed in New York since the Child Victims Act went into effect in August 2019 — including claims against priests, Boy Scout leaders, teachers, coaches, doctors. Some of the claims are now decades old. Richard Cardillo and James Burke faced abuse in the 1970s. They’re 2 of the hundreds of survivors of abuse within the Catholic Church who have filed lawsuits now that a one-year window for filing old civil claims has opened. NY State legislature Cardillo fought for nearly a decade to get the CVA passed.
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Most the lawsuits filed under the newly enacted Child Victims Act name the Diocese of Rochester, which is much of the reason why it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday.
That law, which went into effect last month, opened a year-long window for sex abuse victims to file lawsuits against their alleged accusers. That included the Catholic Church.
"So all the cases that have been filed in state court, our cases, all the cases being drafted - all those need to be consolidated, and will be consolidated before the bankruptcy judge," said ...
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A man who said he was sexually abused by a scoutmaster in the '60s is one of the people who filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Greater Niagara Frontier Council.
Michael Schall said by coming forward he is advocating for his younger self, someone who had no voice at the time.
Schall's Attorney, Mike Pfau said the Boy Scouts at the time knew about thousands of perpetrators in their ranks, and that no local authorities or parents were made aware.
"What chose to do is keep secret files, they call them the perversion ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...