Child Sexual abuse

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A former Catholic priest who now leads a sexual abuse advocacy group says the list released Tuesday by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is incomplete and fails to address deeper issues with sexual abuse among clergy. Bishop Richard Malone, meanwhile, explained why he released names only and clarified the church's stance on the proposed Child Victims Act.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On the same day the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo released a list of 42 clergy accused of sexually abusing minors, a childhood sex abuse victim - himself allegedly abused by a now-deceased priest - shared his experience of coming to terms and reaching out for help.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo ended a decades-long policy of withholding the names of clergy accused of sexually abusing minors. That changed Tuesday when the Diocese released the names of 42 priests who were removed, retired or otherwise left active ministry amid abuse accusations. Survivors of abuse and their advocates say the list is a start but doesn't go far enough to address past wrongdoing.

Karen DeWitt

Advocates who want the Child Victims Act passed in New York are stepping up pressure on Republicans in the state Senate. Some GOP senators are the final holdouts on the bill that would extend the statute of limitations and open up a one-year window for victims to file civil lawsuits.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The push is being renewed to pass legislation in Albany that would allow childhood sexual abuse victims to file lawsuits for incidents that happened decades ago. Speaking in downtown Buffalo Tuesday was one Western New York man who says he was molested by a local priest while he was 14 years old.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County will become the sixth county in New York State to roll out an education and training campaign that will work with members of the community to develop strategies to prevent child sexual abuse.


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60th District State Senate Candidate Amber Small is hoping Tuesday night’s rally in Niagara Square will be among the first steps to passing legislation aimed at holding perpetrators of child sex abuse accountable for their crimes.

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New York State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo was visibly emotional about it, talking with reporters. By a vote of 30-29, the state Senate this week rejected an attempt to force a vote on legislation aimed at eliminating the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse charges. However, the Buffalo Democrat vowed "this is not the end of the conversation."

Local sex abuse victims push law change in Albany

Apr 22, 2015
Photo by Michael Mroziak

Two Western New Yorkers who were victims of sexual abuse as minors are in Albany Wednesday to share their painful stories while advocates push to change New York State's statues of limitations in child sex abuse cases.

FBI seeks additional victims of alleged child abuser

May 21, 2013
FBI

A Western New York trucker is accused of taking children on trips across the state with the intent to engage in sexual activity with them.

The scandal that has rocked Penn State University has brought the spotlight on child sexual abuse to Buffalo.