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MAR 19 2020

As our communities have been asked to dramatically alter the way we go about our lives to curtail the spread of COVID-19, we at Jeff Anderson & Associates want you to know that we remain fully engaged in this journey with you. We know these are unsettling and uncertain times, but you are not alone. Our attorneys, legal professionals and advocates are still here for you every step of the way. Our commitment to survivors and their well-being is unwavering and we remain as steadfast in this work as we have ever been. In conjunction with directions from the CDC, federal, state, and local...


FEB 28 2020

I’m Stacey Benson. I’m an attorney with Jeff Anderson & Associates. Together, with the law offices of Steve Boyd we represent hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse in Western New York. Today the Diocese of Buffalo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. We are very disappointed in this announcement today, not only does it prevent the excavation of important information that‘s been held secret for decades, it keeps survivors of sexual abuse from having their day in court. This legal tactic is an attempt by the diocese to hide important information that survivors have been trying to ...


FEB 21 2020

I’m Josh Peck. I’m an attorney with Jeff Anderson & Associates. On February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. What that means for survivors is that any litigation, any lawsuits that are being handled in state courts get automatically moved over to the bankruptcy court. It does not mean that you cannot bring a claim. It does not mean that you can’t work with us to hold the Boy Scouts accountable and expose the information they kept secret for decades. In early 2019, a child sexual abuse expert testified at a trial that she was...


DEC 23 2019

Just the other day (December 17, 2019) Pope Francis announced that he was getting rid of “The Pontifical Secret.” It is a policy that he and the Vatican have had in place for a hundred years intended to keep child sex abuse by clergy secret. The grim reality is that this will change nothing.Today, Pope Francis has thousands and thousands of names of credibly accused perpetrators that only he and the Vatican know about. Until he releases those names and makes them public, the removal of a rule like this is meaningless. The time for him to take real action to protect kids is now.  ...


OCT 31 2019

On October 23, Aljazeera English released “In Bad Faith: Child Sex Abuse and the Catholic Church” (posted below). Part of their Fault Lines series, it is an unflinching investigation into survivors and perpetrators of Catholic clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of New York. This is an important piece of journalism for the child protection movement, told with the compassion, the scrutiny, and the urgency the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis requires. Journalist Natasha Del Toro lays the foundation for the piece with the harrowing stories of sexual abuse survivors of Msgr. John Paddack ...


SEP 13 2019

There’s a lot of growing excitement and discussion in the Child Protection Movement, locally and across the country, around California Assembly Bill 218 – and rightfully so. It transcends bi-partisan politics. It kicks open courthouse doors thought forever closed. It makes healing and justice a possibility for survivors of child sexual abuse. It’s a BIG DEAL. So, what exactly does AB218 aim to accomplish? Technically speaking, AB218 proposes amendments to Sections 340.1 and 1002 of the California Code of Civil Procedure and Section 905 of the Government Code relating to childhood sexual abuse,...