With Child Victims Act, woman says she has a voice for the first time in 40 years

Allegany County

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Wellsville woman is one of the hundreds of victims filing lawsuits as part of the Child Victims Act on Wednesday.

Joanne Schoonmaker, 51, says a school janitor began raping her when she was 11 years old.

She says that for the first time in 40 years, she has a voice.

Schoonmaker told CBS’s Nikki Batiste that she plans to file a civil lawsuit against the principal and the Wellsville Central School District.

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