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A woman filed the first priest abuse claim in New York under the new Child Victims Act on Wednesday. The claim lodged against the Archdiocese of New York alleges that a former priest who served at the Church of St. Catherine of Genoa in Manhattan sexually assaulted the 36-year-old woman when she was a minor. It further alleges that the Archdiocese knew about the priest’s record of misconduct and tried to cover it up in the past.
The claim involving the woman who accused a priest of sexual assault in Manhattan several years ago is the first of hundreds of suits filed against clergy members under the Child Victims Act on Wednesday. A one-year period also called a look-back window permits abuse survivors who were denied the opportunity due to the limited statute of limitations in the previous law to file suits against their abusers. This affords survivors the ability to obtain justice after the trauma they experienced as children.
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