Sex abuse lawsuits filed against numerous Hudson Valley Catholic schools

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Over a dozen sex abuse lawsuits in the Hudson Valley were among the hundreds filed across New York on the first day of a new one-year window for older molestation cases.

An attorney from Jeff Anderson and Associates tells News 12 that they submitted 262 cases as of yesterday afternoon. They filed 14 in Westchester, Rockland, and Orange counties.

That includes many Catholic organizations like Archbishop Stepanic High School in White Plains, Iona Prep in New Rochelle, and St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.
Attorneys say this is a day many victims have been waiting for. "Today marks a new day for many of these survivors. Some have waited decades. Some of the abuse dates back to the 50s, the 60s, the 70s," says Trusha Goffe, a victim’s attorney.

Cases have also been filed against each of the state's eight Roman Catholic Church dioceses, Boy Scouts of America, schools, hospitals and private citizens.

State lawmakers extended the statute of limitations this year for new victims and gave those with older abuse claims one year to sue their abusers or institutions or businesses that employed them. The one-year pause on the statute of limitations in New York ends on August 14, 2020.

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