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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 not foreclose other legal options available to survivors.

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/03/14/catholic-abuse-rochester-diocese-ends-child-priest-abuse-compensation-program/3164407002/

If you are a survivor of clergy abuse and would like more information on what claims may be available to you, please contact us.

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 so many people are suffering in silence because of horrific abuse suffered as children or early in live as a vulnerable adult.   When survivors come forward, let us listen, and not ask “why did it take so long.”

CBS – “‘No’ is the easiest lie to tell”: A child sex abuse expert on the challegnes of coming forward:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sex-abuse-expert-on-the-challenges-of-coming-forward/

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 process and the healing it can afford.” – Leander James

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/02/28/catholic-priest-abuse-rochester-ny-child-victims-act/2949197002/

The passing of the Child Victims Act in New York State has allowed new claims to come forward, and James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A., with an office right in Rochester, is ready to help empower survivors in their claim.