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USNew York courts brace for hundreds of lawsuits by victims of child sex abuse

02:45  14 august  2019
02:45  14 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Victims of sexual abuse in New York were previously required to file civil lawsuits by their 23rd birthdays. The window may become a powerful lever for clergy abuse victims to find out how extensive the cover-up of sexual abuse was in the Catholic Church and whether top Vatican officials

BUFFALO, N . Y . (ChurchMilitant.com) - New York 's eight Latin rite dioceses are bracing for hundreds of clergy sex abuse lawsuits set to be filed The Child Victims Act (CVA) opens a one-year window on Wednesday, and multiple legal firms say they have hundreds of sex abuse cases already to file.

NEW YORK, Aug 13 (Reuters) - New York courts have assigned 45 judges to handle the expected lawsuits by hundreds of people who were sexually abused as children when a state law takes effect on Wednesday that temporarily lifts the statute of limitations on decades-old allegations.

New York courts brace for hundreds of lawsuits by victims of child sex abuse© Rex Features Jusge's gavel

The Child Victims Act scraps, for one year, the statute of limitations that had barred older complaints.

Of the 45 judges assigned to the cases, 12 will be in New York City, and the court system has provided training for judges and put in new rules to speed up the resolution of the lawsuits.

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Hoping to contain a deluge of sexual - abuse lawsuits , the Boy Scouts of Jim Turley, the group’s national chairman, said in an open letter to victims of sexual abuse that the Boy Scouts In a 1935 article in The New York Times, the organization described having files on hundreds of people who

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"The revived Child Victims Act cases are critically important cases, raising numerous challenging legal issues, that must be adjudicated as consistently and expeditiously as possible across the State," Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks said in a statement. "We are fully committed to providing appropriate and sufficient resources to achieve that goal."

One law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, said it would be filing 400 lawsuits just in New York City, with plaintiffs ranging from teenagers to people in their 90s.

A separate group of law firms, including Seeger Weiss, said it be representing at least 170 plaintiffs across the state, many with complaints against the Catholic Church.

"The institutions and the schools that have been covering this up for decades, it's over, it's now," Jonathan Sedgh, a lawyer at Weitz, said at a news conference on the steps of the Supreme Court building in Manhattan on Tuesday. "Now we have the chance to bring them to justice."

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Thousands of child sexual abuse lawsuits are expected to flow into New York State courts in the The Child Victims Act arrives as victims have been empowered by the #MeToo movement and a Jeff Anderson, who specializes in clergy sex abuse cases, said his law firm has dedicated almost 100

His firm said more than 400 cases will be filed in the coming weeks against churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions across New York City. State-wide, the firm said it is representing more than 1,200 people who were sexually abused as children.

Sedgh declined to identify specific entities his firm plans to sue, but said the defendants would include plaintiffs' relatives and neighbors, as well as members of the clergy.

The Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church in particular have braced themselves for a wave of new litigation made possible by the relaxing of New York's statute of limitations, which had previously been among the most stringent in the country.

After the law was signed, both organizations encouraged victims to come forward, and law firms have run advertisements encouraging the same. (Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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