Friday marks the one-year anniversary of New York’s Child Victims Act, which allows child sex abuse victims to file lawsuits for decades-old allegations.
The Buffalo Survivors Group met Thursday to reflect on the past year and what has been accomplished. The group, regarding the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s bankruptcy proceedings, says this is a David versus Goliath moment.
“We feel that when this litigious nightmare is over, survivors will be left with nothing but a stripped carcass. To us, the Diocese of Buffalo has never been sincere about their apologies. It’s all about circling the wagons and protecting their reputation, money and assets,” Gary Astridge of the Buffalo Survivor Group said.
Members of the group are planning to send a letter to Pope Francis to request an audience so that they can share their painful experiences, seek an apology, and discuss changes to protest future generations.