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August 14, 2019

Woman Alleges Nun Sexually Abused Her at Catholic Orphanage – St. Colman’s

Our brave client Susanne Robertson shares her story.  NBC NEWS – TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE. Nun sexually abused me at Catholic orphanage, woman says By Aliza Nadi, Emily Siegel, Anne Thompson and Rich Schapiro Susanne Robertson has devoted much of her life to sounding the alarm over the horrific abuse she says she suffered at a New York orphanage more than 50 years ago. A maintenance man sexually assaulting her in a boiler room. A nun violating her with a Lysol-soaked rag. For nearly 25 years, her efforts to force a reckoning on the St. Colman’s Home near […]
August 8, 2019

Flood Of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected To Hit NY Next Week

NEW YORK (WNYC/Gothamist) Next Wednesday, adult survivors of child sex abuse in New York will begin filing a flood of civil lawsuits against institutions and individuals, after decades of having their cases barred from court because the allegations were too old. Hundreds of plaintiffs are expected to sue organizations large and small, including Catholic dioceses and parishes, the Boy Scouts of America, hospitals and educational institutions. The one year window was enacted under the Child Victims Act that lawmakers passed in January, and intended as a partial remedy to the state’s previous statute of limitations, which required victims to bring civil cases […]
August 6, 2019

Change to New York Sex-Abuse Laws Expected to Spur A Wave of Lawsuits

NEW YORK (The Wall Street Journal) Just before Stephen Erickson died of cancer late last year, he got permission from a judge to speak under oath about a school janitor who he said sexually abused him beginning in seventh grade. “Over and over again,” Mr. Erickson, 55 years old, said from his hospital bed in Albany, N.Y. Mr. Erickson gave his deposition in anticipation of the passage of the Child Victims Act, a state law extending the time for victims to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that employed them. His deposition was one of many preparations for […]
August 5, 2019

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Plan to File Lawsuits August 14th

NEW YORK (WRVO) Beginning August 14, New Yorkers who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse will have a one year window of opportunity to file civil suits against their abusers, under the terms of the Child Victims Act passed by the legislature earlier this year. Thousands of cases are expected to be filed, with payouts potentially in the millions.  Gordon Smith was 14 years old when he says he was first abused by two priests at a St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and school in Albany in the early 1960s. He was filling in as a janitor for his father, who […]
July 30, 2019

New York’s Child Victims Act Window Opens on August 14th!

The Child Victims Act Window Opens on August 14th! On August 14th, a one-year, one-time-only period will begin to allow all victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York to seek civil action, regardless of how old the victim is or how long ago the abuse occurred. This means that for one year, you may bring claims against the entities responsible for your sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. In addition to the window, the Child Victims Act extends New York’s statute of limitations to allow for criminal charges against sexual abusers of children until their […]

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May 28, 2019

Victims Should Not Be Fooled By the Buffalo Diocese Compensation Program

It is reported today that the Diocese of Buffalo paid $17.5 to 106 clergy abuse victims under its “voluntary” compensation program.  Bishop Richard Malone is quoted as stating “We’re doing this now because I know it’s the right thing to do.”  As a lawyer representing hundreds of clergy abuse victims, I do not believe the Diocese is acting out of concern for the victims.  I believe the voluntary compensation victim program was put into place to settle claims for pennies on the dollar before the New York Child Victims Act became law.  I hear from many victims who feel re-victimized […]
May 17, 2019

Woman Accuses Former Salvation Army Lieutenant Of Sex Abuse

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A former high-ranking officer in the Salvation Army has been accused of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter for years in the 1990s. Nicole Sprout says the abuse began at age 11 after her mentally ill mother was unable to care for her and sent her to Lieutenant Gary Crowell and his wife Carol Beth, commanding officers of the Salvation Army Corps in East Northport. “I was 13 to 16-years-old when full sexual contact and intercourse occurred,” Sprout said Tuesday in front of the Salvation Army headquarters in Manhattan. When the abuse became public, the couple […]
May 13, 2019

Lawyer releases searchable database of accused predator priests

Lawyer Jeff Herman and his practice released the Predator Priest Index, a searchable list of priests accused of sexual abuse. By Joseph Ostapiuk | jostapiuk@siadvance.com STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — “From teenagers to 92 years old” was the answer Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized trial lawyer for survivors of sexual abuse, said when asked the range of the ages of his clients in cases against the Catholic Church. The matter of sexual abuse in the church is not the issue of a previous generation, but an active and still-pervasive issue that Herman works to seek justice for. Herman, who has been pursuing sexual-abuse […]
May 13, 2019

New Jersey Law Will Give Sex Abuse Victims Much More Time To Sue

According to WCBS 880, New Jersey will soon be joining New York and several other states in expanding the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases, with Gov. Phil Murphy set to sign a new law in the coming days. Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, says the impact the law will have cannot be overstated. “This will finally allow survivors in New Jersey more time to come forward and hold their perpetrators accountable for the crimes that they committed,” she said. Murphy is expected to sign the bill on Monday. It would give […]
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