Nineteen former students of a Manhattan high school run by Yeshiva University (YU) have filed a $380 million lawsuit against YU, accusing administrators and teachers of covering up decades of physical and sexual abuse, the Forward (Jewish) website reports today (July 9, 2013).
The lawsuit -- filed July 8 in U.S. District Court in White Plains, New York -- alleges a "massive cover-up of the sexual abuse of high school students ... facilitated, for several decades, by various prominent YU and high school administrators, trustees, directors, and other faculty members."
The assaults are alleged to have taken place during the 1970s and 1980s. In New York, criminal and civil cases of child sexual abuse must be brought before a victim's 23rd birthday. However, Kevin Mulhearn -- a lawyer representing the victims -- argues in the suit that the statute of limitations does not apply because YU fraudulently covered up the abuse.
"I am proud to represent these 19 men. They are entitled to the respect, dignity, and justice which was denied to them when they were children," Mulhearn said. "We are looking forward to prosecuting these claims."