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ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST DR. REGINALD ARCHIBALD SEXUALLY ABUSED CHILDREN FOR YEARS IN HIS EXAMINATION ROOM – NY’s NEWLY PASSED LAW HELPS US VINDICATE SURVIVORS’ RIGHTS

Dr. Reginald Archibald, working for Rockefeller University, held himself out as a renowned expert in pediatric endocrinology. Parents throughout the United States brought their children to him for specialized treatment for decades from the late 1940s through the early 1980s. As a physician and professor at Rockefeller University Hospital, he told parents that he could help children who might have growth issues by examining and treating them. Using his "expertise" in childhood growth and his position as a doctor at a prestigious medical center, young boys and teenagers – many of whom dreamed of being taller – were brought by their parents into Dr. Archibald's examining room.

Once in the examining room, however, Dr. Archibald engaged in horrific behavior, telling the children who were in his care that he needed to touch them in their private parts, insisting to boys that he needed to make them "bigger" to "measure" them. The children had no idea what he was doing or that this should not be happening – after all he was their doctor. And as children, they did not have the words or ability to process any of this. He made it part of the treatment and insisted with his authority – and the trust that their parents had placed in him – that this was expected. Then he engaged in sexual abuse in a variety of forms, from masturbating them and/or attempting to arouse them, to taking photographs and other egregious behavior.

On May 23, 2019, a law firm representing Rockefeller University issued a report regarding the sexual abuse of children and teenagers that Dr. Reginald Archibald engaged in for decades while employed at Rockefeller University.  The report confirms what we have found during our own comprehensive investigation into Dr. Archibald’s misconduct:  that Dr. Archibald sexually abused hundreds, and likely thousands, of patients, including by fondling their genitalia for no legitimate medical purpose and, in many cases, by masturbating them to ejaculation.  The report documents multiple patient complaints over the course of decades and concerns among administrators at Rockefeller, which apparently did not result in any steps to protect patients during Dr. Archibald’s lengthy tenure at Rockefeller. We issued a press release about the report.

Rockefeller University previously issued two statements about the abuse, one on October 5 and another on October 18:

https://www.rucares.org/statement-re-dr-reginald-archibald.pdf

Shockingly, in the first statement, Rockefeller University admitted that it learned about Dr. Archibald’s systemic abuse of its young and vulnerable patients in 2004 but waited 14 years to begin to contact survivors. And when Rockefeller University finally started to contact survivors in October 2018, it only acknowledged that “some” of Dr. Archibald’s “behaviors” were “inappropriate.” Nor has Rockefeller University provided information to survivors about whether their medical files contain photographs that may constitute child pornography or whether it may have knowledge of such photographs existing elsewhere.

Dr. Archibald gained access to his victims through a variety of means. Because of his esteemed reputation at Rockefeller, many parents brought their children to see him at Rockefeller’s campus. He also traveled to different Boys’ Clubs around New York City and examined children at those facilities. He saw patients at the Madison Square Boys’ Club (also called MSBC), 10th Street Boys’ Club (now called the Harriman Clubhouse & Administrative Offices), and other locations. Our clients have reported that Dr. Archibald engaged in inappropriate behavior with naked boys at both the Madison Square Boys’ Club and 10th Street Boys’ Club, and also that he used the Madison Square Boys’ Club and the 10th Street Boys’ Club to recruit patients to see him at Rockefeller.

On February 7, 2019, BuzzFeed published an article about Dr. Archibald that profiled several of our clients and addressed the ethical implications of Dr. Archibald’s abuse for the journals that published his research. You can read the article here.

New York City-based Cuti Hecker Wang LLP represents more than 150 victims and survivors of this horrific behavior by Dr. Archibald. Some of our clients are just now remembering or coming to terms with the abuse.

Click here to read our November 1, 2018 letter to the New York Attorney General demanding a thorough investigation.

Recently, we worked with our clients to advocate for passage of the Child Victims Act by the New York State legislature. We stressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislators that any new law must include both an extended statute of limitations and a one-year window to file previously expired claims. We were extremely pleased when the New York State legislature passed the CVA on January 28, 2019 by an overwhelming majority. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law on February 14, 2019. The CVA establishes a one-year window during which victims of childhood sexual abuse can commence litigation that would otherwise be barred by the prior statute of limitations. The one-year window opens six months after its effective date. Click here to read our January 24, 2019 letter to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urging him to sign the law. We also urge you to watch this powerful video prepared by our client Matt Harris that highlights the importance of the CVA.

Our firm includes lawyers who have been designated “SuperLawyers” and “Top Women Attorneys” who have represented numerous individuals and groups of victims who were sexually abused as children and who struggle day-to-day to come to terms with the harmful effects imposed on them by adults they trusted. Cuti Hecker Wang has successfully handled sexual abuse cases against numerous institutions, including by obtaining a landmark legal ruling in Davis v. Boeheim, 24 N.Y. 3d 262 (2014), a case defended by the same lawyers who are defending Rockefeller University in this matter.

Cuti Hecker Wang LLP is being assisted in this effort by Los Angeles attorney Paul Mones, who has represented survivors of sexual abuse for over 30 years, and who will seek pro hac vice admission to the New York courts in this matter. These two firms have collectively represented hundreds of childhood sexual abuse survivors throughout the Unites States.

Please contact us immediately if you would like to know more about pursing your rights as an individual or as part of a class action. We do not charge for any consultation.

Marian WangMariann Wang, Esq.
Cuti Hecker Wang LLP
305 Broadway, Suite 607
New York, New York 10007
212-620-2600
mwang@chwllp.com
www.cutiheckerwang.com

Paul MonesPaul Mones, Esq.
Paul Mones, Attorney
13101 Washington Blvd. #221
Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-566-7418
pamones@comcast.net
www.paulmones.com

 

 

Oct 18 - New York Times

An Esteemed Doctor, Child Sexual Abuse Claims and a Hospital That Knew for Years

For almost 30 years, parents sought out Dr. Reginald Archibald when their children would not grow. They came to his clinic at The Rockefeller University Hospital, a prominent New York research institution, where he treated and studied children who were small for their age.

He also may have sexually abused many of them.

>>READ ARTICLE

Oct 18 - Rockefeller University Response

Update on Previously Announced Investigation regarding Dr. Archibald from the Rockefeller University Hospital

In response to sexual misconduct allegations made earlier this year against Dr. Reginald Archibald, a physician who worked at The Rockefeller University Hospital from 1941-1946 and 1948- 1982 and died in 2007, the University retained external legal counsel to investigate. Dr. Archibald studied childhood growth and maturation.

>>READ RESPONSE

Oct 5 - Rockefeller University Response

Statement regarding Dr. Reginald Archibald from the Rockefeller University Hospital

We have come to learn that Dr. Reginald Archibald, who retired from the Rockefeller University Hospital in 1982, engaged in certain inappropriate conduct during patient examinations. The Hospital and University deeply regret pain and suffering caused to any of Dr. Archibald’s former patients.

>>READ RESPONSE

 

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