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More Than 600 Clergy Abusers Named in California

In California, there are more than 660 credibly accused Catholic clergy abusers, according to one organization that tracks the abuse. The list of abusers includes four high-ranking bishops among the list of priests accused of harming children. Victims of sexual abuse in California now have more time to seek justice through the courts, thanks to

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Diocese of Rochester Bankruptcy: What It Means for Abuse Survivors

By Leander James What happened? On September 12, 2019, the Diocese of Rochester, NY, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As a non-profit corporation, it had the choice to file bankruptcy to deal with mounting lawsuits brought by survivors of clergy sexual abuse or to fight them in state court. It chose to file bankruptcy. What is

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Diocese of Rochester Ends Its Compensation Program

The Diocese of Rochester issued a statement on March 14th, 2019 stating that it would no longer accept new applicants for its reconciliation and compensation program. James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A. has represented most of the survivors of clergy abuse who have used this program to resolve their claims without costly litigation. This news does

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Sex Abuse Expert Discusses the Challenges of Coming Forward

By Craig Vernon Having represented many hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse, the attorneys at JVW applaud this reporting explaining why survivors do not report sexual abuse or wait to report until much later in life.  Understanding this phenomena is important to parents to protect their children and for all of us to realize that

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Channel 10 WHEC Covers Rochester Diocese Settlements

Channel 10 News (WHEC) in Rochester, NY recently covered Governor Cuomo’s signing of the Child Victims Act, and the Rochester Diocese mediation process. Our very own, Leander James IV spoke to WHEC about these claims.  https://www.whec.com/news/mediator-awarding-settlements-to-those-who-claim-abuse-by-rochester-diocese/5246958/

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The Passing of the Child Victims Act Brings New Claims

“For 13 years now, advocates like myself and others had been trying to get the Child Victims Act passed to get some access to justice for sex abuse survivors in the state. Each survivor heals in their own way, but healing always involves empowerment. Without the Child Victims Act, they had no access to legal

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Do New York State Catholic Compensation Programs Bring Justice and Healing to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors?

By Leander James In 2016, faced with mounting political and legal pressure, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan, announced the creation of an “Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program” (IRCP) to compensate individuals sexually abused as children by clergy within the Diocese.  Most dioceses in New York State have followed suit by creating their own programs

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