The New York state representative Linda Rosenthal was solemnized on Tuesday evening when she considered the waves of legal material that would be filed in the courts all over her state the following morning: “The day of reckoning has come,” she said.
Starting Wednesday, survivors of child sexual abuse have one year in New York to file sued against their alleged abusers and against institutions such as churches and schools that protected those abusers. This year's window will allow a flood of previously disallowed cases in the state due to strict statute of borders which prevented victims from suing after they have made 23 years of age.
“This is the time in which we can hear and believe,” said Brian Toale, 65. He was 62 years of age when he came ahead of the childhood abuse that he cared for throughout his life. Now he heads the Manhattan branch of the Survivors' Network of the Priests who are being priested, Toale intends to file a suit on the first day of this window.
The person who abused him when he was a 16-year-old student at Chaminade High School, a Catholic school on Long Island, has been dead for almost 30 years, said Toale. But he will invoke the school and the Catholic Diocese of the Rockville Center, trying to recover some hundreds of dollars he says he spent on therapy.
The Catholic diocese of the state is the most likely target of many of the costumes filed Wednesday and during the year window, but far from the one institution. The Boy Boys are expecting a large number of lawsuits. Schools, Jewish groups, Jehovah's Witnesses, and other churches and youth organizations are likely to be able to address faces that could not be brought to their attention because victims have long kept their secret abuse to bring a case under law. state.
The Child Victims Act, which passed this year, changed that bringing victims up to 55 years of age to sue in future cases and open the window to previous cases.
In the past year, New York was one of 20 states and District of Columbia that changed its border statutes in some way with regard to child sexual abuse cases, according to Marci Hamilton, the Child Research and Advocacy organization. USA. In many states, this meant that the length of time the victims had to be brought to criminal or civil cases. D opened four places, together with New York, windows for lawmakers: Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and District of Columbia.
The Catholic Church fought the praise in New York for years. On the eve of the opening of the window, spokesman Joseph Zwilling said that New York's Archdiocese hopes to address many legal cases but he does not expect that he must file a bankruptcy.
In late June, the Archdiocese invoked 33 insurance providers who used it, hoping they could refuse clergy claims of sexual abuse. Zwilling said that the preemptive lawsuit is intended to force suppliers to honor the insurance coverage paid by the Archdiocese premiums.
Rosenthal, a Manhattan representative who was one of the main sponsors of the Child Victims Act, said that the judges across the state are specially trained to handle these cases and only those who hear them. The law requires the judges to learn how to deal with the animals of these faults, including cases where the survivor is long, the evidence remains outdated or the victims have remained silent throughout the country. years. “It's not like any other case,” she said.
The state court system stated in Tuesday's statement that 45 judges have completed the training and are committed to handling cases quickly: a recommended 30-day timeline from filing the law to the first hearing, a finding within a year and a trial to t shortly after.
Rosenthal said that she was expecting consequences far beyond the Catholic Church. “This will undoubtedly reveal abuses that we have never heard before. Not only the church. It is not only Jewish institutions. Not only the Boys Scouts. I am sure that there will be other cases filed that will surprise us, ”she said. “While nothing should surprise us because this kind of sexual abuse of children is so indigenous to our society.”
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