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With Ink Not Yet Dry on the New York Child Victims Act, There Is Already Reason to Be Concerned About the Victims in this Process

Class actions are designed for circumstances where the victims have identical or nearly identical harm, or where such small monetary amounts are at stake that individual suits are implausible.

This cannot be permitted to happen to the sex abuse victims in New York, after 15 years of enormous effort to pass the Child Victims Act, who are supposed to be receiving a chance at full justice. The good news is that the class action lawsuit was filed in federal court where class actions must give victims a right to “opt out” of the lawsuit. So every victim will have the opportunity to think carefully about whether a “quickie” class action settlement is truly in her or his best interest.

The public policy problem, though, is that this is a great way for lawyers to benefit while survivors are once again made second-class participants in their own journey to justice. It’s bad enough they were victimized as children; and then they were re-victimized by insultingly short SOLs; but to be re-victimized after the CVA passes by not being taken individually and seriously in their own lawsuit constitutes the wrong result. It violates the spirit and the intent of the Child Victims Act so many labored so long to actualize.

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Child Victims Act expected to pass in Albany on Monday

The Democrats` takeover of the formerly Republican-controlled Senate seems almost certain to produce a more victim-friendly policy in place of one of the nation`s ... more

Child Victims Act expected to pass, increase statute of limitations age

The Child Victims Act is expected to pass in the New York Legislature on Monday, extending the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse claims. Currently, a ... more

Doctor's accusers demand hospital, club hand over files

Victims are coming forward to say Dr. Reginald Archibald photographed them naked and sexually abused them under the guise of doing “growth research” from the ... more

Victims say pedophile ‘pool doctor’ lurked at LES boys club

He was the “pool doctor” at the Madison Square Boys Club, volunteering to give physical exams to poor kids in the Lower East Side youth program. He often stood ... more

DC's Reduced Child-Sex Penalties ... and Why They're Normal

After Jessica Lynn Kanya attempted to sexually abuse a 14-year-old child, she was sentenced to 36 months in prison last March. But Lynn served none of that time behind bars when District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Hiram E. Puig-Lago decided to suspend her sentence.

Such leniency is common in Washington, D.C., RealClearInvestigations has found, because of the difficulty of making cases and the alternative to jail presented by the sex-offender registry. Since 2000, almost half of sex offenders convicted in the nation’s capital—the vast majority child-sex offenders—have had their sentences cut in half or suspended altogether. Judges do not comment on their rulings, but an analysis of the records of 364 D.C. offenders convicted since 2000 shows that such sentencing is a pervasive practice by more than a dozen judges, who are appointed and not elected.

Sentences are often suspended not just for crimes such as sexually touching a child, which carries jail time of 180 days. In dozens of cases, adult offenders facing years in prison received suspended sentences.

Although there is no national database recording the resolutions of alleged child-sex crimes, experts say Washington faces the same challenges in prosecuting such crimes as everywhere else. The reduced sentences reflect the difficulties and peculiarities of prosecuting crimes involving children and sex.

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Current, ex-GCCC employees sue Swender, college

Lawyers representing six current and former Garden City Community College employees who have taken issue with the management of the college filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that GCCC and its former president, Herbert Swender, had violated the plaintiffs constitutional rights. Attorneys Jean ... more

2 doctors’ photos play role in sexual abuse claims involving hundreds of victims

Two doctors allegedly abused their authority to prey upon young victims. In one case, a disgraced University of Southern California gynecologist has led police ... more

Hospital Cover-Up? Photo-Taking Doctor Allegedly Sexually Abused 1,000 Kids

Rockefeller University Hospital on the Upper East Side in New York has acknowledged that Reginald Archibald, an endocrinologist and child growth specialist, most ... more

'He was revered like a god': Patients of New York doctor who died in 2007 and 'could have abused more than 1,000 children over decades' demand to know why Rockefeller University stayed quiet about allegations

Victims gathered outside Manhattan hospital on Tuesday for press conferenceSaid that Dr Reginald Archibald had abused them as children years agoArchibald worked ... more

Victims Detail Alleged Abuse By Esteemed Doctor At Rockefeller University Hospital

Dr. Reginald Archibald was considered an esteemed physician when he worked at Rockefeller University Hospital, but three years before his death in 2004 a former ... more

New York doctor may have abused more than 1,000 victims over 40 years

Patients and relatives of those treated at a famous research hospital in New York want to know why Rockefeller University stayed quiet about a prominent doctor who ... more