Diocese, Boy Scouts, Jesuits Among Child Victims Act Defendants So Far

Aug. 14, 2019

Most of the nearly 100 lawsuits filed early Wednesday in Erie and Niagara counties focus on abuse alleged to have happened within the Diocese of Buffalo.

But the lawsuits also show a broader picture of the organizations that will be affected by the change in state law that allows old child sex abuse allegations to move forward in court.

The Boy Scouts of America, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the East Aurora School District, the Jesuits and other organizations are also named as defendants in lawsuits. At least 93 of the lawsuits were against the Diocese of Buffalo.

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone apologized again Tuesday evening to clergy sexual abuse victims hours before many of them planned to file lawsuits against the diocese under the Child Victims Act.

A one-year “look-back” window opened at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday under a new state law that gives abuse victims a year to file claims that previously were prohibited from moving forward in court.
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