Clergy abuse survivors from New York are demanding that the Catholic Church release secret files on credibly accused priests. They are urging current Attorney General Letitia James to push for the release. In September 2018, former AG Barbara Underwood initiated a state-wide probe and subpoenaed all eight New York dioceses to investigate potential cover-ups of child abuse. The secret files in question may contain information regarding how the Archdiocese dealt with accusations, if any witnesses observed the criminal actions, and if accused clergy members were removed from their posts or transferred to another parish or diocese. Within the past year, the AG’s office received more than 680 complaints of clergy abuse.
Back in February, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Child Victims Act, which enables child abuse survivors to file claims against their abusers as adults. Civil charges may be filed until the survivor reaches the age of 55, which expands the ability for individuals who faced the trauma of childhood abuse. More survivors will gain the closure they need to move past the abuse.
If you or someone you love faced clergy abuse as a child, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will discuss your case with discretion and decide on the best course of action. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide from our offices located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.