Thousands of Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in NY

New Yorkers File Nearly 4,000 Lawsuits Against Sexual Abusers

Saba Ali, writing for the Poughkeepsie Journal in August 2020, reported that the number of lawsuits filed in New York under the Child Victim’s Act is nearing 4,000. “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.”

The law intended to allow child abuse victims to seek compensation and accountability from their abuser despite decades having passed since the abuse allegedly occurred. According to Ali, victims throughout the state have taken advantage, seizing the opportunity to seek justice against the people who hurt them and the entities that failed to protect them.

According to the New York Office of Court Administration, as of early August 2020, 3,797 lawsuits were filed in the state with “109 filed in Westchester, six in Dutchess and four in Rockland. New York County had the highest number of claims with 851.”

CVA Raised the Age to File Child Sexual Abuse Claims and Established Lookback Period

The state that at one time, had some of the most restrictive statutes of limitations applicable to sexual abuse, is trying to make things right for its citizens who suffered as children. Except for the one-year lookback window, the CVA allows victims of child sexual abuse to file claims until the age of 55 (formerly 23). This provides what victim-advocates hope is ample time for abuse victims to come to grips with their trauma and memories and decide whether to seek justice by filing a lawsuit.

The act also gave everyone who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child a one-year period during which to file a lawsuit.

Cuomo Extends CVA Window Another Year, More Lawsuits Expected

The lookback window was set to expire in August 2020. Governor Cuomo recently extended this window an additional year. Victims of child sexual abuse now have until August 2021 to file their lawsuits. It will not be surprising to see thousands of new cases filed in the months to come.

Thus far, cases have been filed in New York courts against various defendants from local school districts to large organizations such as The Fresh Air Fund, Rockefeller University, and Boy Scouts of America.

Some law firms reported having to turn away potential clients “because of the limited time.”
Perhaps now, those victims of child sexual abuse will be able to have their day in court.

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If you can answer yes to any of these questions, it is time to seek help from experienced child sexual abuse lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. Our lawyers know how to handle sexual abuse cases with discretion and compassion.

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Boy Scout Sexual Abuse Lawsuits and Fee Hike

Boy Scouts Nearly Double Registration Fees: Is Sexual Abuse to Blame?

In an October 26, 2019 article in The New York Post, Dean Balsamini reported that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are nearly doubling the registration fee required to become a member of the organization. The BSA, according to the article, notified leaders that effective January 1, 2020, prices would go from $33 to $60. The reason for the increase? The BSA cited the “rising cost of insurance,” as the cause of the fee hike.

While the cost of insurance may, in fact, be rising for the BSA, some BSA leaders allege that it is the sexual abuse scandal facing the scouting organization that is really behind the price increase. Charles Greinsky, VP of the Staten Island BSA, stated, “This is about the pedophiles and the insurance we have to pay because of these pedophiles and the fact that the Scouts knew about many of them for years.”

Greinsky goes on to say the hike is “horrendous” and that mismanagement of the scandal is also to blame.

Update: NYS Extends Deadline To File Cases Until August 14, 2021

Boy Scouts of America Believe Thousands of Youngsters Were Abused

Thousands of individuals have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against BSA, and many are or are expected to become plaintiffs against the organization. Documents have revealed that the BSA claimed to believe more than 7,800 of its former leaders allegedly abused nearly 12,000 members between 1944 and 2016.

Child Victim’s Act Gives Extra Time for Sexually Abused Boy Scouts to File Lawsuits

New York passed the Child Victim’s Act, which gives victims of child sexual abuse additional time to file civil lawsuits against their abusers and the organizations which protected them. Several states across the nation have passed similar legislation. The new laws allow victims who were sexually abused by clergy, scouts, and others, the opportunity to face their accusers in court and collect monetary damages the laws allow. In New York, victims have one year to file a lawsuit even if the time expired under the old statute. What does this mean? It means that anyone who was sexually abused as a child may still have time to file a lawsuit to collect damages.

Boy Scouts Has Not Connected the Fee Increase to the Sexual Abuse Scandal

The BSA has not acknowledged that the possibility of defending lawsuits or the sexual abuse scandal itself has anything to do with the hefty increase. A New York attorney who has filed lawsuits against the BSA under the Child Victim’s Act, however, says it’s possible, they “are trying to raise money to pay for their past misdeeds and the liability for the lawsuits being brought.”

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Alonso Krangle, LLP, has experienced lawyers reviewing boy scout sexual abuse claims. Call us today at 800-403-6191 to protect your legal rights to collect damages for childhood sexual abuse. Find out if you still have time to file a lawsuit against your abusers.