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Silence.

Still more victims continue to suffer in silence.

Included in the flood of hundreds of new lawsuits filed yesterday are local lawsuits....and not just against churches and the clergy.

Newschannel 2's joleen ferris has more on these local cases.

Among six new lawsuits against the syracuse diocese attorneys announced today in syracuse, one involves a john doe victim, now approximately 60 years old, who claims father felix colosimo abused him while assigned to st.

Peter's church, in north utica.... 34:44 'this happened in 1976 and at the time the survivor was 17 years old.

He had been very active as a parishioner and an altar boy in the church and he was abused by father felix colosimo" 46:35 "according to the victim advocate website childvictims.org, father colosimo was assigned here at st.

Peter's in north utica from 1976 - 1981" according to the attorneys, the physical abuse was only part of the betrayal contained within the pages of these lawsuits.

35:39 "they were threatened about things that would happen if they told by the very abusers themselves" also filed, electronically on the first day the child victims law took effect, lawsuits against the rome school district, stokes elementary school and a former band teacher,and, boyscouts of america leatherstocking council.

The alleged rome school victim is a female whose identity was concealed and was 11 years old at the time of the alleged abuse around 1990.

The leatherstocking suit involves three now- adult male victims identified only by the initials jd, rs and rp.

That abuse allegedly happened in the 1970s and 80s.

In response, the leatherstocking council said, in part, quote, "first and foremost, we care deeply about all victims of abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in scouting.

We are outraged that there have been tines when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children..."they went on to say they support complete elimination of the criminal statue of limitations for child abuse.

It ipsible, perhapeven likely, that stament andothers organizaons will ha to be ted out again the near future.

8:42 "the sad news is, of




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