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Survivors watch as the latest Child Victims Act claims are filed in NY courts

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Survivors watch as the latest Child Victims Act claims are filed in NY courts
Survivors watch as the latest Child Victims Act claims are filed in NY courts
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CONTROL.RIGHT NOW, DOZENSOF SEXUAL ABUSELAWSUITS ARE BEINGFILED AROUND NEWYORK, INCLUDINGHERE IN ERIECOUNTY.THAT'S BECAUSE AONE-YEAR LOOKBACKWINDOW,ESTABLISHED BY THECHILD VICTIMS ACT,OPENED AT MIDNIGHT.NO MATTER YOURAGE--IF YOU WERE EVERSEXUALLY ABUSED,YOU CAN NOW TAKELEGAL ACTIONAGAINST YOURABUSER."VICTIMS ADVOCATES"ARE WORKING TOCREATE AWARENESS,STATEWIDE.NATURAL SOUNDYOU MAY SEE THIS P-S-A CAMPAIGN,FEATURING A NUMBEROF STATELAWMAKERS, ONLINEOR BEFORE A MOVIE.IMAGES WILL ALSOAPPEAR ONBILLBOARDS IN TIMESSQUARE.LIEUTENANTGOVERNOR KATHYHOCHUL IS NOTMINCING WORDS ASADVOCATESUNVEILED THISCAMPAIGN.IF YOU IN YOURDEPRAVED HEARTTOUCHED A CHILD 50-60 YEARS AGO, YOURDAY OF RECKONINGHAS COMEMANY OF THE CASESFILED SO FAR IN ERIECOUNTY COME FROMTHE LAW OFFICES OFSTEVE BOYD, INWILLIAMSVILLE.THAT'S WHERE WEFIND 7 EYEWITNESSNEWS REPORTERJEFF SLAWSON THISMORNING.IT HAS BEEN ANINCREDIBLYEMOTIONAL AND BUSYDAY HERE AT THE LAWOFFICE OF STEVEBOYD INWILLIAMSVILLE.

THISSTACK OF 1200PAPERS -- POUREDTHROUGH ALL NIGHTBY THE ITEAMREPRESENTS THE 96TOTAL CASES FILEDTODAY THROUGH THECHILD VICTIMS ACTONE YEAR LOOK BACKWINDOW.OUT OF THOSE 96FILINGS -- ONE OTHEM WAS AGAINSTTHE BOY SCOUTS OFAMERICA FROM ANINCIDENT THAT ISCLAIMED TO HAVEHAPPENED IN THEGREATER NIAGARAAREA -- AND THEOTHER AGAINST EASTAURORA MIDDLESCHOOL FOR ANINCIDENT FROM 1973.THE REST OF THEFILINGS - ALL AGAINSTTHE BUFFALOCATHOLIC DIOCESE.FOR VICTIMS -- TODAYIS A HUGE STEPTOWARD SOMETHINGTHEY DESEPERATALYWANT -- JUSTICE.THE BIGGER PICTUREIS CHANGE WE HAVETO BRING ABOUTCHANGE.

CHILDSEXUAL ABUSE IN OURCOUNTRY AND OURWORLD IS A WIDESPREAD EPIDEMIC ANDWE HAVE TO PUT ANEND TO IT AND THATWONT FINISH A YEARFROM NOW THATWONT FINISH WHENALL OF THESE CASESARE OVER.OUT OF THE 96FILINGS -- 3 NAMESAPPEAR MULTIPLETIMES... FATHERBECKER FROM ST.PETER AND PAULHERE IN HAMBURGHAS 3 FILINGS DATEDIN THE 70'S, FATHERHAYES FROM OURLADY OF VICTORY ANDALL SAINTS INBUFFALO HAS FOURFILINGS RANGINGFROM THE 60'S TOTHE 80'S -- ANDFATHER FRIEL FROM14 HOLY HELPERS INWEST SENECA HAS 8FILINGS..

ALL FROMALLEGED INCIDENTSIN THE 60'S AND 70'S.ALLEGED INCIDENTSIN THE 60'S AND 70'S.FILINGS AREEXPECTED TOCONTINUETHROUGHOUT THEMORNING AND FORTHE REST OF THE 100DAY WINDOW OF THECHILD VICTIMS ACTWINDOW... LATERTODAY A PRESSCONFERENCE IS ALSOPLANNED FROMMULTIPLE WESTERNNEW YORK LAWYERSWHO WILL BEREVEALING THENAMES OF THREEACTIVE PRIESTS WHOARE NAMED ASACCUSERS.

LIVE INWILLIAMSVILLE JEFFSLAWSON 7EWN.THROUGHOUT THENIGHT, MEMBERS OFTHE 7 EYEWITNESSNEWS TEAM IN BOTHWILLIAMSVILLE ANDBUFFALO HAVE BEENSIFTING THROUGHTHE ONLINE COURTSDATABASE.THE TEAM, WORKINGON ADDING ALL THECLAIMS RELATED TOTHE CHILD VICTIMSACT IN A DATABASE.JUST TAKE A LOOK ATTHE SHEER NUMBEROF PAGES OUR TEAMMEMBERS HAVE BEENGOING THROUGH, INAN EFFORT TO SHEDLIGHT ON ALL OF THEACCUSATIONS OUTTHERE.WE HOPE TO SHAREOUR DATABASE WITHYOU IN THE DAYS TOCOME.A REMINDER -- RIGHTNOW ON WKBW DOTCOM, OUR FRONTPAGE IS DEDICATEDTO ALL YOU NEED TOKNOW ABOUT THECHILD VICTIMS ACT --AS CLAIMS CONTINUETO ROLL IN.




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