Lawyers representing more than 200 children allegedly abused by a twisted Rockefeller University doctor charged Thursday that the facility undercounted the number of victims in its internal review of the horrifying case.
“The report carefully parsed facts and presented only half-truths,” said attorney Marianne Wang at a Manhattan news conference where a half-dozen patients recounted the lingering effects of their abuse. “Reginald Archibald was one of the most, if not the most, prolific serial abusers in the history of the United States.
“Archibald likely abused thousands of children over nearly four decades at Rockefeller.”
Wang and fellow attorney Paul Mones also sent a letter to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., urging the prosecutor to take action insuring “a full accounting of Rockefeller’s awareness of Archibald’s abuse.”
Mones said the hospital report “hides behind a lack of detail to conceal the painful reality” of what happened to the children treated and molested by Archibald across four decades.
“Our clients, his victims, have a very different view: Archibald was a vile predator, who consistently made sure that he had access to naked children who would do whatever he ordered them to do,” said Mones. “And he was not interested in helping them, but rather in gratifying his own sick, sadistic sexual desires.”
An email to Rockefeller University for comment was not returned Thursday. Danny Frost, a spokesman for Vance, said a review of the office’s files has to date turned up no records on Archibald.
“We will review the letter and meet with the attorneys to learn more about their requests,” he added.
Victims of the doctor spoke out about their desire for hospital officials to acknowledge exactly went on under the facility’s watch. Their lawyers alleged that Archibald continued his predatory sexual behavior for decades despite complaints dating back to the 1960s.
“I have had to fight for 40 years to keep this trauma at bay, and I will continue to fight in my new skin, victim of childhood sexual abuse, until I feel that Rockefeller (University) owns their actions and the consequences,” said Jonathan Chenkin. “Dr. Archibald may have taken my innocence, but he will never take my ability … to fight for what is right.”
Archibald, who died in 2007 at age 97, worked as a doctor, researcher and professor at the Rockefeller University Hospital from 1941-46 and again from 1948-80. He spent another seven years linked to the hospital under “emeritus” status.
According to Wang, Archibald collected some 9,000 index cards over the years chronicling his treatment of young boys and girls — yet Rockefeller said it had reached out to more than 1,000 individuals.
“While Rockefeller University cannot give me a do-over for 46 years of pain and suffering or make the truth palatable, it can at least bring truth to light,” said Archibald accuser Samuel Deutscher. “I am here to demand accountability and justice.”
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