ALBANY, NEW YORK – As reported in an online news article published by abcnews.go.com, hundreds of victims of child sexual abuse are planning to file lawsuits pursuant to the recently-enacted Child Victims Act.
The Catholic Church is facing a “dark time” as hundreds, if not thousands, of lawsuits will be filed in the next year under New York’s Child Victims Act, which recently went into effect. The law allows victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits even if the statute of limitations has expired.
The Child Victims Act provides victims with old claims of abuse to have 1 year from the date the law goes into effect to file lawsuits against alleged abusers and the institutions that may have known about the abuse and did nothing to stop it. Such institutions include the Boy Scouts of America, Rockefeller University, and the Estate of Jeffrey Epstein among others.
Any victim who has received compensation through the Program will not be eligible to file a civil lawsuit, as a term of receiving compensation through settlement is that a victim cannot file a lawsuit in the future seeking compensation. It is recommended that victims of sexual abuse speak with an attorney to determine which options are best for their case.
In addition to Boy Scouts of America, Rockefeller University will face numerous lawsuits, and as of the effective date of the Child Victims Act, 45 victims of abuse have sued Rockefeller University for old allegations of sexual abuse concerning Dr. Reginald Archibald, who died in 2007. Dr. Archibald was a pediatrician who ran a growth clinic, and he allegedly sexually abused many of his patients.
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