August 14, 2019 06:27 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- At least 37 lawsuits are filed in the Monroe County Clerk's Office under the provisions of the New York State Child Victims Act.
The act gives people who say they were abused many years ago 12 months to file lawsuits. The window to file the complaints opened today. News10NBC went through every filing.
Among the named defendants are:
Webster Central School and a long-ago former teacher and coach named Ralph Wager. Wager is serving life in prison for sex abuse in North Carolina.
The Diocese of Rochester. (See statement below)
St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary (Geneva)
Thirty-seven churches and parishes in the diocese (some of the churches listed below are in the parishes listed below):
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Rochester) -
Church of the Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary (Brockport)
St. Mary's Church (Rushville)
Our Lady of the Lakes (Penn Yan)
St. Christopher's Church
St. Bridget's Church
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
St. Francis Xavier Church
St. Bridget's Church and School
Good Shepherd Parish and School
Holy Rosary Church and School
St. Boniface Church and School
St. Mary of the Assumption
Church of the Annunciation
St. John the Evangelist Church of Greece
St. Louis Church (Pittsford)
Church of the Good Shepherd
Marianne Cope Roman Catholic Parish (Henrietta)
St. Theodore Catholic Church
St. John of Rochester Church
Our Lady of Victory-St. Joseph
Most Holy Redeemer
St. Francis & St. Clare (Waterloo)
Christ the King
Kateri Tekakwitha Roman Catholic Parish
Most Holy Name of Jesus (Greece)
St. Helen (Gates)
The Parish of the Holy Family (Gates)
The Parish of St. Katharine Drexel (Macedon)
Our Mother of Sorrows (Greece)
Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget
Southeast Rochester Catholic Community
McQuaid Jesuit (see statement below)
Cardinal Mooney High School
Notre Dame High School (Elmira)
The Aquinas Institute - Click here to read their statement.
Sisters of Mercy - Read below for their statement.
Sisters of St. Joseph - Click here to read their statement.
Capuchin Fathers of the Province of the Stigmata of St. Francis
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester
Camp Stella Maris of Livonia
In a recorded statement posted to the Diocese of Rochester website, Bishop Salvatore Matano said, "I renew my most sincere apology to anyone who was harmed by a cleric or Church personnel who so terribly violated their position of trust and scarred the very lives of those whom they were called to serve. I pray that the victims and all affected by these egregious acts will find healing and hope. Know that Our Lord never abandons us and is always present, especially in times of grave difficulty and suffering…Our diocesan efforts of many years to heal and to restore victims, and to create a safe environment, will continue. We will remain vigilant."
McQuaid Jesuit issued the following statement: "The New York Child Victims Act went into effect today. McQuaid Jesuit expects to receive claims under this new legislation. McQuaid Jesuit is committed first and foremost to the fraternal care of our alumni who have experienced sexual abuse. It is our sincere hope that this will be a time of healing for our brothers. It has been McQuaid Jesuit's long-standing policy and practice to immediately report all allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement officials. We therefore will cooperate fully with all civil authorities when addressing claims made under the Child Victims Act. Respecting both the process and those involved, we will not comment on specific claims."
The Sisters of Mercy released the following statement: "The Sisters of Mercy are deeply saddened by this civil charge of abuse and the harm that may have caused the victim and the victim's family. With a legal process pending, it would be inappropriate for us to comment. Please know that the Sisters of Mercy are committed to taking seriously all allegations of abuse."
Updated: August 14, 2019 06:27 PM
Created: August 14, 2019 03:47 PM
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