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Lawsuits already filed under Child Victims Act

August 14, 2019 09:15 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Lawyers representing sex abuse victims have already started filing lawsuits under New York's Child Victims Act, which into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

It essentially repeals the statute of limitations for one year. During that window, accusers can file claims even if the abuse happened decades ago.

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So far more than 230 cases have been announced across the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions.

Attorneys with Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala (PCVA) and the Marsh Law Firm have filed lawsuits against the following entities in the Rochester area:

  • Cardinal Mooney High School in Rochester
  • Church of the Annunciation in Rochester
  • Good Shepherd Parish and School in Henrietta
  • Holy Rosary Church and School in Rochester
  • McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester
  • St. Boniface Church and School in Rochester
  • St. Bridget’s Church and School in Rochester
  • St. Bridget’s Church in Rochester
  • St. Christopher’s Church in North Chili
  • St. Francis Xavier Church in Rochester
  • St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Hilton
  • St. Mary of the Assumption in Scottsville

The Law Offices of Steve Boyd tells News10NBC they filed 30 cases against the Diocese of Rochester as soon as the window opened.

The Diocese of Rochester is expected to comment sometime Wednesday. Last week, Bishop Salvatore Matano apologized to anyone who was harmed by a priest or church personnel.

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