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Sexual Abuse Victims Hope to have Lawsuit Reinstated

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A lawyer is asking a judge to reinstate a lawsuit filed by dozens of men who claim they were sexually abused as high school students by rabbis at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan.

The lawsuit, which was previously dismissed, accuses the school of covering up the incidents for decades.

The lawyer argued that the federal judge who dismissed the case misconstrued the statute of limitations and that the school should be held accountable for hundreds of alleged acts of abuse from the 1970s through the early 1990s, the New York Times reported. A key element in this case is whether it was the obligation of the victims to try and uncover the corruption before school administrators admitted that they had known of the crimes.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 34 clients who claimed to be sexually abused as students. The suit was thrown out in January by federal judge John G. Koeltl, who ruled that the statute of limitations had expired, meaning too much time had passed since the abuse had taken place. The lawyer for the 34 men countered that the clock did not actually start until the school’s role in protecting the two rabbis accused of abuse was revealed in a December 2012, the New York Times reported.

During the trial, neither the judges nor either side’s lawyer disputed the stories of abuse made by former students. In a rare moment of openness, Judge Calabresi said that although the court had to weigh competing claims about the statute of limitations, it was also obligated to try to “right the unmistakable wrongs that took place at Yeshiva,” according to the New York Times. “Any decent court is going to be interested, if it possibly can, in giving redress,” he added.

This is not the first time a judge has had to consider the statute of limitations in an abuse case. A gap of multiple decades since former students at two other private schools in New York City where kids were abused didn’t keep them from filing a lawsuit.

Abuse victims from Poly Prep in Brooklyn successfully circumvented the statute of limitations in their 2012 case on the back of the claim that the school had hid decades of sexual abuse of boys by a football coach at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx. The former students reached individual settlements with the school, according to the New York Times. disclaimer: This article: Sexual Abuse Victims Hope to have Lawsuit Reinstated was posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 7:09 pm at and is filed under Other Lawsuits, Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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