Since the passage of a law in the State of New York in 2019, approximately 600 complaints of sexual abuse of minors have been filed against the Diocese of Brooklyn, which temporarily allows victims Even if the alleged crime has been stipulated, a complaint must be made, Reveals a report from a law firm.
This 571 complaints The lawsuits filed against the Brooklyn Diocese (including Brooklyn and New York City in Queens) include 532 lawsuits against institutions under the control of the religious district and 301 lawsuits against suspected offenders. 230 is a clergyman, Represented 127 complainants according to documents submitted by the law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates on Tuesday.
“For every survivor who stepped up and every survivor who did: This is a kind of courage, we thank you”, Local media reported that attorney Jeff Andrews said at a virtual press conference.
“Know that you are Protect children in the future In the process of helping other survivors come forward and share their secrets, seek help and hope for recovery,” he added.
The most complaints against individuals The expelled priest Romano Ferraro (Romano Ferraro), The case has accumulated 18 lawsuits, involving events that occurred between 1958 and 1991. New York Times As “the most prolific pedophile priest on the east coast of the United States”.
At the same time, the institutions facing the most demand are St. Francis Preparatory College, In the Fresh Meadows area of Queens, 21 complaints were filed against nine people who had abused between 1959 and 2001.
The Child Victims Act entered into force in New York State in August 2019 and allows people who have suffered child abuse One year for complaints Even if the offender has stipulated the crime, the offender can be dealt with.
Regarding the coronavirus pandemic, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (Andrew Cuomo) Extend the period for another year, Until August 14, 2021.
almost Out of more than 2,800 complaints, one in five The law firm pointed out that as of December 31, 2020, some of the sexual assault cases filed in New York State were related to the Diocese of Brooklyn.
According to Andrews, the lawsuits filed so far are considered to be “a small part” of the crime.
“There is no doubt that based on the data collected by survivors we have collected so far, this is Among those who will move forward, only a small part is “, Guarantee. EFE