Dozens of childhood sexual abuse lawsuits filed in Brooklyn this week

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Fifty-nine victims of childhood sexual abuse filed lawsuits in Brooklyn Supreme Court in the first week after a new law took effect providing victims an opportunity to seek justice.

The Childhood Victims Act, which took effect on Aug. 14, gives victims of sexual abuse who were previously barred by statue of limitations restrictions a 365-day “look back” period to seek justice in court.

Among the 59 civil suits filed in Brooklyn this week were two lawsuits against the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses — alleging the religious organization covered up rampant sexual abuse.

“This organization has allowed the sexual abuse of children to fester within it’s ranks for decades,” said the plantiffs’ attorney Irwin Zalkin. “Thankfully, due to the legislature and our Governor passing the Child Victims Act, our two clients have this opportunity.”

One of the plaintiffs — 48-year-old John Michael Ewing — alleges that he was forced to preform sexual acts on a high ranking Jehovah’s Witness member when he was just 14 years old. When Ewing reported the abuse to the organization, they excommunicated both him and his abuser for practicing homosexuality and took no legal action, the lawsuit alleges.

The other accuser — 48-year-old Heather Steele — claims she was molested when she was just a toddler by another Jehovah’s Witness member. Her abuser eventually spent three-and-a-half years in prison, but was reinstated in the Jehovah’s Witness organization upon his release, according to court documents. Steele is now suing the organization’s leadership for failing to stop the abuse.

“They converged on her family and told her not to go to the police,” said Zalkin. “They didn’t care about Heather. They didn’t do anything.”

Both Ewing and Steele were previously unable to sue the organization prior to the Child Victims Act taking effect due to statute of limitations.

In addition to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, various other organizations have been sued both in Brooklyn and in 500 suits throughout the state under the new law — including Brooklyn Diocese, the Boy Scouts of America, the Archdiocese of New York, and the New York City Department of Education — which accusers claim harboured child abusers.

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Posted 12:00 am, August 22, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

James from Dumbo says:
Ya, so we will have hundreds of cases bankrupting places like the boy scouts etc who have no idea what happened 20 or 30 years ago. How can they defend themselves? How do you prove they did anything wrong? Can anyone apply? Do you just have to ya, yes, me too, wheres my million? This is a stupid, dumbass move. Why do you think there are statute of limitations in the first place? Well, be ause you cant defend yourself about something 30 years ago. Plain dumbass.
Aug. 22, 1:44 am
Chaka kahn says:
The boy scouts were ruined by liberals.
Aug. 22, 3:15 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The enabling institutions of child abuse need to be held responsible and torn apart if necessary.
Aug. 22, 7:13 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Wow! So many people are ready to defend these pedos and quickly dismiss claims of abuse. There’s even one nut blaming democrats. Perhaps these people are feeling the net closing in because of what they did years ago?
Aug. 22, 7:52 am
Chaka Khan says:
The boy scouts by letting in girls in, are no longer the boy scouts. This infiltration of liberal values ruined the organization. This was done on purpose. And perhaps the guy who constantly puts his two cents in this site is late for his psychiatric appointment.
Aug. 22, 8:08 am
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
As a practicing Catholic my whole life I was devastated to hear the sexual abuse so blatant in my church. I could intellectually understand why a sick individual could prey upon children but what I could not and would not accept is the church leaders deliberately cover-up of these incidents and transferring these pedophiles to other parishes to continue their horrendous predatory behavior to preserve the church's image and/or its wealth. Personally I rather worship a tree stump at least I know it won't be grabbing my butt.
Aug. 22, 10:18 am
BoFiS from Ditmas Park says:
Why not just remove the statute of limitations on sexual assaults entirely?
Aug. 22, 1:46 pm
Lee from Bayridge says:
I think it's a good move, as long as it is not abused....people coming out of the woodwork and claiming to be abused, when they actually were not. Legitimate sexual abuse victims need justice, no matter how many years have passed. Lastly, this law should bw amended to include relatives as well.
Aug. 22, 4:18 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Lee, where are you getting this “people coming out of the woodwork claiming abuse”? Do you idiots really think people are making up stories to make money? Do any of you jackasses realize what victims go through whenever they come out against their attackers? Look at Ford against kavanah and all the crap she went through. Think before you say stupid sh#t!
Aug. 22, 8:06 pm
Joe says:
Ford is a proven liar. She took a lie detector test in her life and denied it. Do some research before blindly believing any person's accusations.
Aug. 22, 8:41 pm
Joe says:
Kavanaugh went through crap. Ford was treated with kid gloves.
Aug. 22, 8:42 pm
Lee from Bayridge says:
Hey Henry Ford, I'm on the victim's side...relax and read it again
Aug. 22, 9:29 pm
Father John Kelly from Church says:
They just smell money in the water, and are making up stories. You can't win a case with no evidence
Aug. 23, 2:28 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
See how rotten people are (like Joe)? Lee your comment “coming out of the woodwork” says you’re reluctant to believe accusations. I hope you people posting horrible comments have to go through this, or have a family member go through this so you can see how wrong you are. You people sicken me!
Aug. 23, 7:09 am
Bob from Brooklyn says:
1.3 million Jehovah's in the US, 2 cases over the last 35+ years were filed in NY. It's an epidemic /s I wonder how many cases my school district has had in the same time? Oh, according to the state 1,000+ cases. Eyes roll. Leftist love to attack religion.
Aug. 23, 9:21 am
Lee from Bayridge says:
To anyone that misunderstood my comment. I strongly believe pedophiles should rot in jail. Anyone that sexually harms a child is evil and should be persecuted and should have a reserved place in hell. To further explain my "woodwork" comment, when people use the law to lie, those fabrications will hurt the credibility of the true victims that have been abused, and that is something I do not want to see happen.
Aug. 23, 12:51 pm
Blaisy Ford a liar says:
Blaisy Ford owes Kavanaugh a huge apology. Accepting accusations at face value is just as bad as dismissing an accusers credible accusation.
Aug. 24, 8:38 am
Blanket Accusations says:
I hate blanket accusations. I analyze things. I don't accept things at face value. That is called due process. Look it up. I am sure you would want it if you were accused of something.
Aug. 24, 10:03 pm
Blanket Accusations says:
I'm also aware that when victims come forward, it takes a lot of courage to do so. I'm also aware that it is an extremely rare occasion when it is a false claim of abuse.
Aug. 25, 6:54 am
Blanket accusations says:
Do your research. She lied about taking a polygraph previously.
Aug. 25, 4:32 pm
Blanket accusations says:
Somebody should get a life.
Aug. 25, 6:34 pm
George says:
So called liberals, this isn't a college safe space where you get to run the show and be rude to those whose viewpoints you disagree with.
Aug. 26, 12:14 am
George says:
Come on loser. Prove you have nothing better to do than to respond to me every time. Go ahead. I have to go to work. You should try it.
Aug. 26, 1:20 pm
Joe says:
No facts to support Blaisy-Fords accusations. None. Plus there is no statute of limitations in Maryland. She could still bring charges. How come she hasn't? Blacks used to be lynched in America in the south from false accusations. Never forget due process and facts.
Aug. 26, 5:20 pm
Joe says:
My mother fux niqqers for crack, and I like to watch.
Aug. 27, 7:41 pm

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