ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – It was an emotional day Wednesday as hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors filed lawsuits in New York courts on the first day of a one-year window of opportunity for victims to seek civil action against their abusers.
Susanne Robertson and her two sisters were orphans at St. Colman’s Home in Watervliet, near Albany, where she said they were routinely abused by the nuns and other staff there. When one of the girls reported the sexual abuse to a nun at the home, she was transferred to an orphanage for mentally disabled children.
“The nuns were selective in who they targeted,” Robertson said. “They kept trying to break my spirit. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.”
Jack Cesare said he was abused by the janitor, Eugene Hubert, at the St. Teresa of Avila school in Albany.