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NY Subpoenas Catholic Church on PROBES of Abuse
Reported first by the Associated Press, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight of New York's Roman Catholic dioceses this morning as part of a broadening civil investigation.
Cuomo appointed Underwood this year, when Eric SCHNEIDERMAN resigned to allegations of sexual abuse, 2013-2016, by his former lovers. Both of his predecessors vacated office mid-term, Andrew CUOMO (for governor) and Elliot SPITZER (for governor). SPITZER resigned as governor to illicit commercial sex transactions.
Citing anonymous law enforcement sources, the article describes the subpoenas as seeking documents relating to abuse allegations, payments* to victims or findings from internal church investigations.
In conjunction with the subpoenas, Underwood issued a statement Thursday that calls on state legislature to pass the Child Victims Act, which would allow all victims to file civil suits until age 50 and seek criminal charges until age 28. Under current law, victims only have until age 23 to file civil cases or seek criminal charges for most types of child sexual abuse.
Senate Bill S809: Perfected or flawed?

... PURPOSE :  This bill eliminates the statutes of limitation for prosecuting child sexual abuse crimes and filing civil lawsuits for damages against individuals, public institutions, and private institutions related to child sexual abuse. This act also creates a one-year revival period for previously time-barred civil actions which alleged conduct representing the commission of certain sexual offenses committed against a child less than eighteen years of age.
JUSTIFICATION : According to the United State Department of Justice, approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the U.S. have been the victims of sexual assault. An estimated 90t of perpetrators of sexual abuse are known to the child, with about a third being family members. As a result, disclosure of sexual abuse is often delayed, usually until adulthood. Children often avoid telling anyone because they are afraid of a negative reaction or of further abuse or harm at the hands of their abuser. ...
She encouraged any victim of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy to participate in this investigation, regardless of the statute of limitations for prosecution, noting that all victim information will be "helpful to understanding and reforming the institutional approach of the church."

Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling called it unsurprising that New York would open such an investigation."

* "hush money," extortion, unlawful claim to damages

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by Cat on Fri Sep 7th, 2018 at 04:53:35 PM EST
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