A lawsuit accused a former Syracuse, New York priest of committing abuse against a minor in the 1970s. On Wednesday, the suit, along with around 1000 others, was filed during the one-year period granted abuse survivors, whose cases previously expired due to the limited statute of limitations, under the New York Child Victims Act . It alleges that a deceased Syracuse priest abused a teen between 1975 and 1982 while he served at St. Stephen Church, which closed in 2007. His name did not appear on the report released by the Syracuse Diocese in December 2018.
Last Wednesday, record numbers of clergy abuse and other childhood abuse claims flooded courthouses throughout New York. The look-back window, which is the other name for the one-year period under the Child Victims Act, allows child abuse survivors who could not file suits against their abusers under the previous law to do so starting on August 14, 2019. This provides closure for survivors who may continue to endure suffering from the trauma they experienced in their youth and will hold abusive priests and other perpetrators accountable for their actions.
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