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May 8, 2020

New Hope for victims of child sex abuse as Child Victims Act window extended

The state of New York’s court system has made an exception, which will take place in the next few weeks, to allow new filings of childhood sex abuse cases under the Child Victims Act. During his daily coronavirus briefing on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the window for people to file lawsuits regarding the Child Victims Act has been extended to January. “We will not deny those litigants the ability to file,” the spokesman, Lucian Chalfen, said in an email. An executive order to extend the Child Victims act has been discussed since COVID-19 crisis began affecting the courts, and arguments […]
May 6, 2020

Survivors of clergy sex abuse livid over release of Priest from prison due to Covid -19 fears

  COVID-19 and the halt of the judicial system is raising questions among survivors of childhood sex abuse especially those who were abused by clergy.  Michael Guidry,  a priest convicted of molesting a teenage boy is out on bail. He was only serving the first year of his 10 year prison sentence, after pleading guilty to molestation of a juvenile. Guidry’s defense counsel, Jane Hogan, requested an emergency appeal hearing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is being used as an excuse to release prisoners during this pandemic.  Survivors of clergy sex abuse want accountability. “This perp is a dangerous […]
May 5, 2020

New Orleans Archdiocese to File for Bankruptcy amid high costs of sexual abuse allegations

  This week, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to the growing legal costs related to sexual abuse by priests. The filing could free the Archdiocese from creditors lawsuits and give it time to reorganize its finances.  The New Orleans archdiocese is the latest of more than 20 dioceses nationwide to take such action. The latest spin is that preventing the spread of COVID-19 is also being blamed for the financial pressures of the archdiocese. The Archdiocese said in a statement  “The Archdiocese’s action will not affect individual church […]
April 27, 2020

Former Mayor accused of sexually abusing young boys dating back decades

  Laurence ‘Laurie’ Joseph Maher, 81, a former mayor who campaigned for the homeless for many years on the New South Wales Central Coast is the ninth person to be charged with multiple child sex offenses dating back to the 1970’s and 80’s. Maher was a superintendent at the Mount Penang Training School and former independent Mayor of Gosford City Council and is accused of sexually abusing at least 6 young boys during the period of 1977- 1988.    Maher, who did not attend his court hearing, is charged wit h13 offenses including three counts of indecent assault on male […]
April 22, 2020

Trial of former Danbury Priest accused of sexually assaulting two young boys on hold due to COVID-19

Jaime Marin-Cardona, 51, is a former priest accused of sexually assaulting at least two young boys in 2014 when he was a priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Golden Hill Road. He is originally from Colombia.  His Pre trial was scheduled for April 24 but due to COVID-19 it has been rescheduled to June 19. According to records, Jaime Marin-Cardona is charged with three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, three counts of risk of injury to child and three counts of illegal sexual contact. He pleaded not guilty to all nine charges. On Dec. 11, after the Diocese […]
April 14, 2020

Child online sex exploitation at all time rise due to COVID-19

As the country is closed for what’s become the biggest pandemic in world history, COVID-19, school closings impose a serious threat to children’s safety in more ways than health. According to John Tanagho, the field office director for the International Justice Mission in the Philippines, which is the epicenter of online sexual abuse of children, “Europol, the U.K.’s National Crime Agency, the Swedish Police Authority and others have already seen an increase in online child sexual exploitation since COVID-19 lockdowns,”. “We’re talking about on-demand, child sexual abuse and exploitation that is being livestreamed from traffickers in the Philippines to child […]
April 10, 2020

NY Senators ask colleagues to extend Child Victims Act amid COVID-19

Advocates of the Child Victims Act (CVA) as well as child abuse victims themselves are currently urging lawmakers to extend the lookback window of the  Child Victims Act (CVA) for another year, which would give adult victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file legal actions against their perpetrators. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 putting a halt to all non essential cases, which includes any CVA proceedings, the challenge for victims has now decreased their time frame from a one year window to a matter of months. CVA advocates and victims are pushing lawmakers to extend their CVA window as part […]
April 7, 2020

The Coronavirus Pandemic wreaks havoc on survivors seeking justice under the CVA but it will be worse unless the CVA is extended.

  The Coronavirus Pandemic wreaks havoc on survivors seeking justice under the CVA but it will be worse for survivors who have not yet come forward unless the CVA is extended. Herman Law represents over 500 survivors who were sexually abused as children in New York and are seeking a measure of justice under the New York Child Victims Act.  Many survivors fall into the vulnerable category of potential victims in the pandemic and wonder whether they will ever see justice in their lifetimes.  The courts are virtually shut down and survivors wait and wonder when their legal actions will […]
April 6, 2020

Online Child sex abuse to increase during COVID-19

  The number of online child sexual abuse cases during Covid-19 could spike according to The National Crime Agency (NCA) and intelligence  from recent weeks shows that  there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children. This new assessment of the threat for more sexual abuse cases is much higher than previously believed and investigators discovered that access to child sexual abuse content on the open web i s as easy as  just three clicks. The 300,000 estimate is from the NCA’s latest national strategic assessment, which comes from warnings from charities and […]
April 1, 2020

New hope for COVID-19 from Scientists in California

There is new hope for the COVID-19 patients and it may be ready for public use by the summer. A team of scientists in California have found na potential cure  for Coronavirus.  Dr. Jacob Glanville of Distributed Bio is one of the doctors featured in the Netflix show “Pandemic.” He and his team in California  have been working on a cure since the outbreak and they now say they may have found a cure.  “We are happy to announce we have completed the engineering and we have some very potent antibodies that can be effective against the virus,” said Dr. Glanville. […]
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