Sexual Abuse – Nicholas Antonucci, Dr. Reginald Archibald, and the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club (New York, NY)
A lawsuit against the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club alleges that minors were sexually abused while they were participants at the recreational organization. In the lawsuit recently filed by 20 men under the New York Child Victims Act, the claimants who attended the club for underprivileged children accused Nicholas “Lefty” Antonucci, a basketball coach, and Dr. Reginald Archibald, a “pool doctor” for sexual abuse, and the Madison Square Boys Club for failing to address and stop the abuse. The sexual abuse is alleged to have taken place from 1950 to 1980.
The Madison Square Boys Club was known as a refuge for boys from low-income families. The organization was intended as a space for disadvantaged children to socialize, learn skills, and keep out of trouble. Instead, however, adults hired by the Madison Square Boys Club to mentor and care for vulnerable boys sexually assaulted them under the guise of mentorship and medical care. The accused basketball coach was known for organizing sleepovers with the boys and being naked while inside the locker room. Antonucci was convicted of sexual molestation in the 1960s.
Reginald Archibald, who has been accused of abusing thousands of patients as a doctor at Rockefeller University Hospital in New York over the course of 30 years, maintained an office at Madison Square Boys Club where he conducted physical exams on many of the preteen and teen boys. The boys were told that they must submit to exams by Archibald each year as a condition to using the swimming pool. In his position with the boy’s club, Archibald also referred children to participate in his studies at Rockefeller University.
The lawsuit claims that the administration of Madison Square Boys Club ignored or failed to act on the abuse that occurred at its facility. The organization afforded easy access to the young boys by providing Mr. Archibald with an office to perform “medical” exams on the boys. The Madison Square Boys Club displayed negligence for years in failing to shield its members from the abusive actions of employees and workers.
Many of the victims at Madison Square Boys Club were underprivileged and lacked stable home environments, which rendered them more susceptible to abuse. Research has shown that certain aspects of a child’s life and personality make him/her more likely to be a victim of child predators. Children who do not have relationships with trusted adults, feel neglected or isolated, or have been victims of psychological or emotional abuse are at an additional risk of sexual molestation.
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