A Tidal Wave Coming from Child Sex Abuse Cases Starting in New York
New York has set the stage for a tidal wave of lawsuits to occur, and a list of names are now being taken. This month the Child Victims Act is going into effect for children who were sexually abused. The law was signed in February of this year, and names have already stacked up for the courts to do their thing. It will open up the doors for other states to follow, and many of the victims will come out as they already have. Lawsuits will be expected by the thousands, and it will expose youth clubs, churches, hospitals, and schools according to the lawyers who have already taken the cases for the victims.
The Act will allow for one year anyone who was sexually abused to file suit without the worry of how long ago it happened. The law will expose decades of abuse and will pass through the courtrooms immediately. New York was notorious for being one of the toughest states to get a lawsuit moving because of the strict statute of limitations, and the brick wall has been removed by this Act.
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian stated, “It’s going to be a tidal wave of litigation. Garabedian is one of the many lawyers to bring Roman Catholic Priest to justice in the Archdiocese of Boston. Many lawyers stated, “Cases will cut across society, illustrating the systemic nature of the abuse.” Lawyers are getting their paperwork ready for the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic organizations. The church and the scouts both said they were cooperative with taking the allegation claims from their members.
The Boy Scouts of America put out this statement, “We believe victims, we support them, we pay for counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward.”
Dennis Poust, a spokesman for the New York State Catholic Conference, stated, “Catholic leaders dropped opposition to the new law once it was broadened to include public institutions. All survivors deserve to be heard.”
The Lawyers are teaming up to resurrect old clients’ cases which were barred under the statute of limitations. There are many and many more to come, so the lawyers in New York will all work together to maximize their resources for what is coming. One law firm in New York who handles clergy sex abuse cases has put almost 100 people in the Law Firm to handle the load.
A few other states have taken these steps to bring to justice and bring to light these sex abuse cases. In the states where these types of laws exist, it has ramped up the numbers from 46 in January of this year to over 1,700 cases currently. TV ads were put out to the public, letting victims know it is easier to sue in these type of cases. One ad states, “If you were abused in a scouting program, you are not alone. Come forward. New laws may allow you a path to significant financial compensation.”
Many lawyers are finding out the money is not what the victims are after. The advocates are stating money is secondary to what the victims want to happen. They want to expose the ones who inflicted the pain on them and have the organizations held accountable for the crimes so the victims can get through the healing process.
Organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church are working to filter out their own by the legal system. They have acknowledged, apologized, reported to law enforcement, and compensated for the wrongdoings which occurred. So far the Archdiocese of New York has compensated $65 million to 325 victims since 2017. Only one person did not accept the payment out of the 325. It is a far cry from the decades of pain inflicted on the young ones, but it is a start. Lawyers warn if anyone accepts an offer give up forfeit their rights to sue.
A victim’s attorney James Marsh stated, “I think the potential is huge for all kinds of things coming to the surface like we’re seeing with Epstein.” Other Lawyers also stated insurance companies are the ones who pay most of the claims but the organizations have to come up with the remaining balance. The Boy Scouts of America and the Archdiocese of New York are both the top two organizations under fire with the insurance companies. Other organizations are forced to file bankruptcy.