The institutions we’ve grown up trusting since we were young, such as churches and schools, are filled with priests, teachers and others who are devoted to making life better for as many people as possible. But in New York – as in many other states – these institutions sometimes employ people who use their positions to commit sexual abuse of minors and other horrible crimes. When this happens, victims have the right to hold those institutions accountable.

At Baron & Budd, we represent sexual abuse victims who have suffered terribly at the hands of criminals who abused their positions of trust and authority. If you are the victim of this type of abuse, you may be able to obtain compensation.

Seeking Civil Justice in New York

In January 2019, the New York State Legislature approved the Child Victims Act, a measure that made it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against both the perpetrators of that abuse and the institutions that enabled the behavior.

Victims of childhood sexual abuse now have until they turn 55 years of age to seek civil action against abusers, as well as the institutions that hired them. In addition, the legislation allows for a one-time-only period of one year for victims to file lawsuits – regardless of when the abuse took place.

Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse in New York

The problem of clergy sexual abuse is prevalent across the country. Unfortunately, New York is no exception.

In December 2018, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse released the names of 57 priests that had been credibly accused of committing childhood sexual abuse. These accusations stretched over several decades. While 38 of the priests are deceased, 19 were still alive at the time of the announcement. None of those priests were still active.

School Nurse Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child

Institutional sexual abuse is not limited to churches. A nurse in the Gloversville, NY, school district was accused of sexually abusing a child while working in an elementary school.

Contact Baron & Budd

If you are the victim of sexual abuse committed by someone hired by a trusted institution, Baron & Budd may be able to help you seek compensation. Please use our convenient online form or call (866) 691-7631 to learn more.

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