New York State and 18 Other Jurisdictions Drastically Expand Window on Child Sexual Abuse Cases

New York State Along With 18 Jurisdictions Change Window on Child Sexual Abuse Statutes of Limitations for 2019

Victims can now bring suit for much older abuse cases that would in the past have been blocked by statutes of limitation

Nonprofit think tank Child USA reports that no fewer than 19 jurisdictions in the United States are significantly expanding their windows on the prosecution of sexual abuse crimes. On August 14, 2019, New York State will be the first to do so by extending its criminal statute of limitations for felony prosecutions for sexual abuse to victims aged 28 and for misdemeanor prosecutions to victims aged 25. The new law will also allow civil claims against individuals and institutions to be brought by adults up to age 55, and removes the 90-day notice requirement for claims against public institutions. The new law further opens a 1-year “revival window” against individuals and institutions that will allow past abuse to be reported and prosecuted. This new mandate was signed into law by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 14, 2019. [Read more…]

Passage of NY Child Victims Act Presents Vital Opportunity for Survivors of Sexual Abuse at Rockefeller Hospital to Seek Redress

New York State Along With 18 Jurisdictions Change Window on Child Sexual Abuse Statutes of Limitations for 2019

In 2018 The New York Times published an explosive article detailing a widespread pattern of sexual exploitation and abuse by now-deceased Dr. Reginald Archibald at New York’s Rockefeller University Hospital in a staggering range of incidents dating as far back as the 1950s and extending to a thousand patients or more. Now that New York legislature has passed a groundbreaking expansion of the time period in which survivors can bring lawsuits relating to such offenses, affected patients of Dr. Archibald are empowered to seek redress for their past victimization via legal means. [Read more…]

New York State Senate Passes Child Victims Act

New York State Along With 18 Jurisdictions Change Window on Child Sexual Abuse Statutes of Limitations for 2019

After years of being blocked by a Republican-controlled legislature, the Child Victims Act, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman’s and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, has finally been passed by the New York State Senate. As reported by The New York Times, for the past 13 years, activists and Democratic officials in the state of New York have fought to strengthen protections for childhood abuse victims, only to face significant resistance from powerful interests groups including insurance companies, private schools, and leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish communities. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files New Lawsuit Against the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut Over Allegations of Drugging and Sexual Abuse of a Student

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On October 12, 2018, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed the latest in a series of lawsuits against the exclusive Hotchkiss college preparatory school in Connecticut, over allegations that a teacher at the Hotchkiss School drugged and sexually assaulted a student at the school in the 1990s. In addition to seeking justice for the former student plaintiff, the lawsuit seeks to uncover a pattern of tolerance, institutional cover-ups, and multiple predation events at the school going back decades. The suit also calls for a “truly independent” investigation of sexual abuse at Hotchkiss, citing a previous study by the law firm Locke Lord that the current pleadings describe as “woefully incomplete.” [Read more…]

14 Former McCallie School Students Allege Sexual Misconduct by Past Faculty Members

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As reported by WRCBtv, 14 former students of the prestigious McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee have revealed that they were victims of sexual misconduct at the school between the late 1960s and 2000. A letter circulated to parents of McCallie students earlier this week contained details about the 14 former students who had reported they experienced the sexual misconduct at McCallie. [Read more…]

Sexual Assault Subpoenas Issued to All New York Catholic Dioceses by NY Attorney General

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As reported by U.S. News, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other outlets, a major investigation has been launched in New York looking into allegations of widespread sex crimes committed by Catholic Church priests that were subsequently covered up by church leadership. Sources indicate that the NY AG’s office issued civil subpoenas to all eight Catholic dioceses in New York state, following close on the heels of “shocking” grand jury reports in Pennsylvania of predator priests in more than 1,000 incidents involving approximately 300 priests across that state. As NBC posted, “New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of her office’s investigation into the church’s handling of sex abuse allegations.” [Read more…]