Citing New York State’s statute of limitations, a federal judge (United States District Judge John G. Koeltl) has dismissed a $680 million lawsuit brought by former students of Yeshiva University’s High School for Boys in Manhattan . . .
By the end of last summer, the number of plaintiffs had risen to 34 . . .
Y.U.’s lawyers argued that the former students, now mostly in their 40s and 50s, waited decades too long to bring their lawsuit.
The abuse took a terrible toll on students, according to the lawsuit. Many have suffered from depression, anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual addiction, emotional distress, broken marriages, and problems holding down a job. Some have spent years in counseling and on medication.
Several former students contemplated or attempted suicide shortly after they were abused or after attempts to alert Y.U. were ignored. One victim said the abuse made him fear having children of his own, the lawsuit contends.
Many former Y.U. administrators and staff are named in the suit, including Rabbi Lamm, who was president of Y.U. from 1976 to 2003. Lamm retired as Y.U. chancellor on July 1. In a letter announcing his retirement, Lamm acknowledged making mistakes in his handling of abuse allegations when he led Y.U.
Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan:
I pray that everyone who is affected by the sexual abuse finds spiritual healing and peace.