2017 March

Mar 31, 2017: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Sad and unspeakable cases of child abuse come to our attention almost every day. It’s hard to avoid news such as former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky scandal, child abuse in USA Gymnastics, and the dozens of clergy abuse victims in Guam. Here in Minnesota, we’ve just learned of charges against an Eagan daycare provider for allegedly assaulting a 13-month-old, and local news has brought stories of child sex abuse by teachers, bus drivers, clergy and Boy Scout leaders, among others over the past several months.The stories seem sadly inevitable and i…

Mar 15, 2017: News Release: Archdiocese of New York Announces Phase II of Sexual Abuse Compensation Program—Deadline July 31, 2017

(New York, New York) – The Archdiocese of New York announced Phase II of its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for survivors of clerical sexual abuse. The program which opened in October has now been extended to include sexual abuse survivors who have not previously reported their abuse to the Archdiocese. However, the question of a survivor’s…

Mar 14, 2017: Archdiocese of New York Announces Phase II of It’s Abuse Compensation Program

Sexual abuse survivors are eligible to receive compensation for the abuse they suffered even if they have not previously reported to the Archdiocese Eligibility for the program turns on alleged perpetrator identity and proof (New York, New York) – The Archdiocese of New York announced Phase II of its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for survivors of clerical sexual abuse. The program which opened in October has now been extended to include sexual abuse survivors who have not previously reported their abuse to the Archdiocese. However, the question of a survivor’s elig…

Mar 14, 2017: Archdiocese of New York Compensation Program Phase II – Survivor Rights: Do you qualify for compensation?

The Archdiocese of New York announced that it will continue to voluntarily compensate some survivors of clerical sexual abuse – EVEN SURVIVORS WHO HAVE NOT COME FORWARD PREVIOUSLY.

In October of 2016, the Archdiocese of New York instituted a confidential compensation program.  The program was initially available to only sexual abuse survivors who had previously reported the abuse they suffered to the Archdiocese.  Now, the program has been extended to include sexual abuse survivors who have not previously reported to the Archdiocese.  In other words, survivors who have been…

Mar 03, 2017: News Release: Diocese of New Ulm Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

(New Ulm, MN) – Today, the Diocese of New Ulm filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The Diocese of New Ulm is the sixteenth Catholic Diocese or Religious Order to file for bankruptcy in the United States. In 2015, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis and the Diocese of Duluth filed for bankruptcy protection as well. Both cases are still pending in bankruptcy court. “The bankruptcy filing does not stop the pursuit of justice for sexual abuse survivors,” said Attorney Mike Finnegan. “Survivors will continue to seek truth and accountability in the bankruptcy process.” Sexual abus…