A day of reckoning has come for sex abuse survivors.
Beginning Wednesday, victims of any age are allowed to file civil suits against their alleged abusers, thanks to a new state law known as the Child Victims Act. It erases the statutes of limitations for one year in sex abuse cases.
Attorneys representing victims in Rochester and Buffalo began filing once the clock struck midnight at a law office outside Buffalo. Attorney Steve Boyd and his team expect to file 30 cases of alleged abuse against the Diocese of Rochester.
That number is expected to rise to between 50 to 60 cases by the end of the month.
Boyd said he’s hopeful the lawsuits will bring about change.
Christopher Szuflita is one of the individuals planning to file a lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo.