Sauder Schelkopf is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were victims of sexual misconduct by church officials in New York. In the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury report released to the public in August 2018 naming the priests accused of sexual abuse, Attorneys General and Archdioceses across the country have opened investigations into sexual misconduct by church officials. The Pennsylvania grand jury report alone detailed the decades of alleged abuse of more than 1,000 child victims by 300 “predator” priests. New York’s Attorney General has subpoenaed all eight New York dioceses as part of the investigation. As reported by the New York Times in April 2019, the “Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York . . . identified 115 priests and five deacons who have been accused of sexually abusing a child in what is one of the largest disclosures that has been made by the church.” New York recently passed a law extending the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood sexual misconduct from age 23 to age 55 for future cases. Significantly, the law also provides survivors outside the statute of limitations one year to file a civil suit.
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