The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester is facing more than 300 lawsuits tied to accusations of sexual abuse.
The lawsuits stem from the New York’s Child Victims Act, which took effect in August 2019. It allowed victims who claim that they were sexually abused by members of the diocese to file civil lawsuits anonymously. It also stiffened penalties for their perpetrators.
The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2019 a month after the Child Victims Act took effect.
Attorney Jeff Anderson said more than 300 lawsuits against the diocese were filled between Aug. 14, 2019, and Dec. 31, 2020. His firm, Jeff Anderson & Associates, is involved in about 40% of those.
The window for civil lawsuits under the New York Child Victims Act was expanded another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It closes on Aug. 14.
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