More than 1,300 lawsuits filed since NY allowed old sex abuse claims


January 5, 2020

By Yancey Roy

Albany – By New Year’s Day, more than 1,300 lawsuits had been filed during a special “look back” period during which New York is allowing molestation lawsuits previously blocked by time limits, according to court records.

The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and even the late Jeffrey Epstein have been sued under the “Child Victims Act,” enacted by state lawmakers in 2019. An even greater number of lawsuits is expected this year.

One Catholic diocese has filed for bankruptcy and another has asked the courts to declare the law unconstitutional.

And, according to one attorney, the community of survivors of childhood sexual assaults has been “transformed.”

“There has been striking impact every single day,” Jeff Anderson, a lawyer whose firm already has filed 300 claims, said.

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