Patients Detail Alleged Abuse by Rockefeller University Hospital Pediatrician

The late Dr. Reginald Archibald worked at Rockefeller University Hospital from the 1940s until his retirement in 1982. Archibald studied childhood growth and many alleged victims, mostly boys, said they participated in a free growth study. He died in 2007.Two attorneys represent more than 100 alleged victims and said they believe there are hundreds of victims in total.Both men said the doctor took photos of them naked. The attorneys for both men said they want to know where those photos are, but the hospital hasn't provided information.But an attorney for ...

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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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An Esteemed Doctor, Child Sexual Abuse Claims and a Hospital That Knew for Years

For almost 30 years, parents sought out Dr. Reginald Archibald when their children would not grow. They came to his clinic at The Rockefeller University Hospital, a prominent New York research institution, where he treated and studied children who were small for their age.He also may have sexually abused many of them.Dr. Archibald, an endocrinologist who spent most of his career at Rockefeller, died in 2007. His son, Larry, declined to comment. “This doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said.The New York Times spoke with 17 people, most of them men, who said ...

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The Legal Contours of Child Endangerment

Adults who care for children have a legal obligation to ensure those children avoid unreasonably dangerous situations. Failing to adequately protect a child may result in the caregiver being charged with “child endangerment” or “endangering the welfare of a child.”

Examples of child endangerment may include:

  • Driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle
  • Leaving a child alone and unsupervised with available dangerous weapons
  • Leaving a child unattended in an unsafe area or vehicle
  • Hiring a person with a known history of sexual offenses to supervise a child
  • Leaving a young child unsupervised or in the care of another young child
  • Providing drugs or alcohol to an underage driver
  • Opting for spiritual healing rather than conventional medicine when a child’s life is in danger
  • Failing to report suspected child abuse
  • Domestic violence episodes that take place in front of children

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Sexual abuse by a cousin is incest

One area of sexual abuse remains secretive, private, and unprosecuted – incest between family members other than a parent or a sibling. A number of studies regarding incest have been done. To our knowledge, none have specifically included cousins as perpetrators or victims.

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Litigation Strategies for Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

In most claims for personal injury there are time limits by which the claim must be brought. There are various exceptions, including sexual abuse that took place many years ago when the claimant was a minor. In all lawsuits, the credibility of facts and witnesses is crucial. Abuse allegations, by their nature, are infrequently able to be independently, conclusively verified. Further, litigation is inherently an endeavor in which witnessesmay have a stake in a particular explanation of past events.

Assuming there is no statute of limitations concern, what are some of the unique challenges and “tricks of the trade” of filing or defending against this type of civil lawsuit? We asked a number of experienced attorneys to share their insights about handling a sexual abuse case when the alleged abuse happened many years ago. The following are their observations.

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Michigan State’s Nassar Settlement Could Set A Troubling First Amendment Precedent

But even if this condition will have little to no impact on the survivors, it’s both telling and troubling that MSU would even try to put this on the table. James Marsh, an attorney for victims of sexual abuse and assault and a member of CHILD USA’s independent commission looking into the institutional failures around the Nassar case, expressed his concern about this.“That a state institution [MSU] would politically silence victims and basically pay them to give up their First Amendment rights goes way beyond the current criticism about gag orders,” he told me ...

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Nassar bills expected to change regardless of MSU deal

The settlement agreement requiring victims to drop support of certain bills was “extraordinary” as it allows one branch of government to demand citizens not engage in advocacy protected by the First Amendment, said James Marsh, an attorney whose White Plains, New York Marsh Law Firm represents sexual abuse victims.“It’s like basically giving the residents of Flint a bottle of water in exchange for them not exercising their First Amendment rights to petition the Legislature,” said Marsh, whose firm tweeted about the MSU settlement.A University of Michigan ...

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Transparency needed in GCCC cheer coach probe

I read with interest your articles about the abrupt resignation of the cheerleading coach at GCCC, and allegations of the college’s years-long apathy in the face of multiple complaints by cheerleaders of sexual harassment.Title IX, the federal statute mandating equal opportunity in education, requires schools receiving federal aid to respond appropriately to reports of sexual harassment. Thus, the ultimate question: Did the college respond appropriately to multiple reports of sexual harassment?The Telegram’s stories provide much relevant information. But they ...

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