3,797 and counting: Child Victims Act suits in NY add up, with more expected

Poughkeepsie Journal

August 11, 2020

By Saba Ali

Gregory Kane won the lottery four decades ago.

The 10-year-old Queens resident was chosen by the Fresh Air Fund via a lottery system to attend its summer camp in Fishkill.

Part of the “Deer Trail 13” group, he and three other campers were assigned to a cabin. Each cabin had a counselor who would supervise the campers in the evenings.

One evening, Kane says he woke to find the counselor with one hand on his throat and the other on his penis.

Kane is suing the Fresh Air Fund for the sexual abuse he said he endured the summer of 1980. His story, outlined in graphic detail in his lawsuit against the Fresh Air Fund, is not unique.

The civil action lawsuit is one of thousands filed under the Child Victims Act against individuals, schools, churches and youth organizations. Last August, the law allowed survivors of child sexual abuse one year to file claims against those responsible for abuse regardless of how long ago the incident took place.

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