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USChild sex abuse victims sue Catholic Church, other groups in New York after change in law

19:50  14 august  2019
19:50  14 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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

New York courts brace for hundreds of lawsuits by victims of child sex abuse USA-ABUSE/LAWSUITS:New York courts brace for hundreds of lawsuits by victims of child sex abuse

Cases of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, nuns and members of religious orders in the 20th and 21st centuries have led to many allegations, investigations

New York State Assemb. Yuh-Line Niou, center, with State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, second from right, and Assemb. The Catholic Church had long opposed the legislation, arguing that the age of allegations hobbled their ability to defend themselves in court and put the church in financial jeopardy.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of people in New York state who were victims of sexual abuse as children sued institutions including the Roman Catholic Church in New York on Wednesday, the first day a new law temporarily enabled them to file lawsuits over decades-old crimes.

Child sex abuse victims sue Catholic Church, other groups in New York after change in law© Reuters/Shannon Stapleton FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York

About 85 people had filed lawsuits against the church in New York by late morning, according to New York County Supreme Court records. Most of them accuse priests of sexually abusing them as children and church leaders of covering up the priests' crimes.

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A unique one-year window for child sex abuse victims to get justice opens this week in New York They say justice delayed is justice denied, but a provision of a New York state law that goes into effect Wednesday will give child sexual abuse victims a chance to defy that conventional wisdom. The Child Victims Act, signed into law on February 14, expands the ways that those who suffered sexual abuse as children can use the legal system to address the damage. In particular, the law specifically said that six months after its passage, there would be a one-year period when any adult survivors of child sexual abuse could sue an abuser or a negligent institution, no matter how long ago the abuse took place.

The Catholic church had long opposed the legislation, arguing that the age of allegations hobbled their ability The law finally passed earlier this year after Democrats won control of the chamber. The three lawmakers who spoke in Times Square Tuesday said, for personal reasons, they don’t plan to sue .

Current state law prohibits the victims from bringing criminal charges or civil claims against abusers after the victim 's 23rd birthday. Cardinal Timothy Dolan runs the New York Catholic Conference, which has spent big money to lobby against changing the state's child abuse laws .

The state's landmark Child Victims Act includes a provision that, beginning Wednesday, lifts for one year a statute of limitations that had barred older complaints and which critics said was too restrictive. The law is expected to lead to hundreds of lawsuits against churches, schools and youth groups.

The change in the law means people of any age in New York state have a year to file a sexual abuse lawsuit against an alleged offender. Previously, most victims of childhood sexual abuse only had till the age of 23 to bring criminal charges or to seek damages in civil lawsuits.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, called these limits "antiquated" upon signing the measure into law in February.

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At least one woman who said she was sexually abused by the late Jeffrey Epstein sued the disgraced financier's estate early on Wednesday, and more were expected to follow.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York said in a statement on Wednesday that it had anticipated facing new lawsuits with the change in the law.

It said it would continue to "invite people to consider" a compensation program created in 2016 for people sexually abused by its clergy, including those previously excluded from suing by the statute of limitations.

So far, the archdiocese has paid more than $66 million in compensation to 335 victims, as determined by a board of arbitrators and funded by a loan secured against its valuable real estate portfolio. In accepting the compensation, those victims have waived their right to sue in court, the archdiocese said.

"While we carefully review the claims made in these suits, we ask that people pray for peace and healing for all those who have suffered from the sin and crime of the sexual abuse of minors, wherever it occurred," the archdiocese's statement said.

Flurry of suits emerge as NY opens door to old abuse claims

Flurry of suits emerge as NY opens door to old abuse claims ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- It was the early 1950s and Peter Vajda was a little boy attending a Catholic boarding school in the Bronx when he says a religious brother molested him. The brother is likely long dead, but the church survives. Just after midnight Wednesday morning, Vajda, now 75, filed a civil lawsuit naming the Archdiocese of New York as a defendant. Justice, he says, may have been delayed but he won't let it be denied. "Now it's their

A childhood friend recently told me that she misses nothing at all about the church , but she left at age 18 I found its repetitiveness to be mind-numbing. Otherwise, I had little objection to most laws and philosophies of the God led me to leave the catholic church when my children were young - I was

The Catholic Church in New York has spent millions of dollars in recent years to stop a law that would make it easier for victims of child sex abuse to sue The fact that the Vatican are idol worshipers, changed the ten commandments and killed millions of true Christians should be enough for anyone to

A lawsuit was also filed against Boy Scouts of America, accusing the national organization of knowingly employing thousands of leaders who were suspected of molesting children.

The group did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday but earlier this year said it encouraged victims to come forward as the law changed.

Cases are expected to be filed in the coming weeks against churches, schools, hospitals and other institutions across New York City, with defendants ranging from the plaintiffs' relatives and neighbors to members of the clergy.

One law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, said it would sue on behalf of 400 people under the Child Victims Act just in New York City, with plaintiffs ranging from teenagers to people in their 90s. Statewide, the firm said it was representing more than 1,200 people who were victims of sexual abuse as children.

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

After the one-year period expires, victims will have until the age of 55 to sue alleged abusers.

(Reporting by Matthew Lavietes and Gabriella Borter and Jonathan Allen, additonal reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico, writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Bernadette Baum)

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