Child abuse


Family abuse is a serious problem. Police, the courts and non-profit agencies have spent years developing ways to help the victims. In the wake of coronavirus, their concerns have turned to victims being self-isolated with their abusers.

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When the state's Child Victims Act allows older sex abuse lawsuits to be filed on Aug. 14, a prominent lawyer against Catholic Church abusers said he will be filing lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America.

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With control of the New York State Senate on the ballot Election Day, state legislation about child abuse by clergy has moved onto the political scene.

Sheriff: 2-year-old girl abused while in ICU

Sep 21, 2018
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Erie County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Grand Island woman suspected of abusing a 2-year-old girl in the intensive care unit at Oishei Children's Hospital.

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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.

A bill that would close a loophole in the state's child abuse reporting law has passed a State Senate Committee.

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State lawmakers and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn are pushing for changes in the laws related to the reporting of child abuse following allegations of decades of inappropriate behavior by faculty at Nichols School.

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New York State-approved Child Advocacy Centers have an additional $10 million to help protect children from sexual and physical abuse. The announcement of the two-year federal grant was made to coincide with the beginning of April: Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

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A comforting environment is important for people who are facing difficult times, especially when they are children.

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a facility that cares for victims of child abuse and trauma, has moved into new facilities that are more kid-friendly and have improved resources.

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One in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18. As Child Abuse Prevention Month begins, the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara is aiming to lower that number.

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Despite frequently dealing with cases of child abuse, many law enforcers across New York are not proficient at handling them. New online training from the State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services aims to change that and save law enforcement agencies time and money in the process.

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Relatives of victims in several local abuse cases gathered in Niagara Square Friday to rally as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Lawmaker seeks change to abuse statute

Feb 6, 2015
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Efforts are being made to repeal New York State's statue of limitations in response to claims recently brought forward by two victims of child sexual abuse.

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Local Child and Protective Services agencies are now better informed when investigating reports of abuse and neglect. A new law requires the state to track repeat cases and notify local authorities.

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There is a new law on the books that aims to better protect children across New York State. As a result, more school employees are now required to report suspected child abuse.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for programs and services that assist the victims of crimes.

Erie County legislators are responding to new information regarding the May 14 death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe, the child whose mother has been charged in connection with his death. The legislature's majority leader is now calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign.

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An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

Abuse and neglect and how it is handled in the legal world is the topic on this week's edition of You & The Law. WBFO's Mike Desmond speaks with attorney  Jennifer Stergion about the issue and process.

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The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

With a sudden surge in damage to infants from shaken baby syndrome, the Erie County Social Services Department is trying to get the word out that there is help in the community for stressed out parents.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed Jay-J's Law, legislation that allows for tougher penalties against repeat child abusers.

New law cracks down on child abusers

Jun 23, 2013
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A law that significantly strengthens prosecution of repeat child abusers has been passed by both houses of the legislature.

Convicted child abuser sentenced to 15 to 30 years

May 10, 2013
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A convicted child molester was sentenced to the maximum 15 to 30 years in prison Friday in Niagara County Court.

Local members of the state delegation are trying to build support for legislation aimed at cracking down on repeat child abusers. 

Senator Timothy Kennedy and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak are sponsoring Jay J's Law, named for Jay J. Bolvin who suffered nearly a dozen broken bones at the hands of his father, Jeremy Bolvin, before he was two months of age.

Jay J's guardian Kevin Retzer says the abuse caused permanent brain damage and Jay J still does not talk like a normal two-year-old.  

State Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) announced that he is introducing legislation to close a loophole in the state’s child abuse reporting requirements.   

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says  Maziarz points to the Penn State scandal -- saying it has put sexual abuse back in the national spotlight and highlights loopholes in the reporting laws.