Sexual Abuse

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The flood of child sexual abuse cases filed under a new state law focused on Syracuse Thursday.  A law firm that has been investigating cases of abuse in the Catholic Church has filed six cases against priests and the Diocese.


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Founders of the Time’s Up anti-harassment and abuse movement joined Governor Cuomo today in calling for passage of laws that would make it easier to bring rape and sexual abuse cases to court.  Supporters see the measures helping victims get justice.


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Women’s rights advocates in Central New York are trying to rally opposition to proposed changes to the laws that govern sexual assault and harassment in schools. They say a victim’s ability to report an assault, and have it investigated, would be stifled if the amendments become law. 


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New York’s Attorney General resigned from his job hours after sexual abuse allegations were made public in a New Yorker article.  Eric Schneiderman was a public supporter of women’s rights…and even sued Harvey Weinstein on abuse charges.  

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A new program announced Wednesday by The Diocese of Syracuse aims to provide financial compensation to victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy. Funding for the program will be coming out of the diocese’s general liability insurance, not from charitable donations made by parishioners. Bishop Robert Cunningham says the adoption of the program in Syracuse follows the success of similar programs at other New York dioceses.

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Orange and blue are the colors you normally see on the Syracuse University campus.  But Thursday and for the rest of the month, purple will also be seen both on campus and around Central New York to raise awareness about domestic violence. While the effort ramps up in October, director of the office of health promotion at SU Katelyn Cowen says information and support resources are available year-round.

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The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse is one of three dozen across the state that can apply for a share of $10 million for the investigation of child abuse cases.  The grants would cover the cost of paying a trained forensic interviewer and video recording equipment.

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As part of Vera House’s 21st annual White Ribbon Campaign, about 200 people tied white ribbons around poles in downtown Syracuse on Friday to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.