What Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors Need to Know About California Compensation Plans

On May 14, 2019, the Catholic bishops of California announced the establishment of an Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests in six California dioceses. These programs will be available to anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor by diocesan priests of the participating dioceses, but this isn’t necessarily the best option for everyone. Our office has represented survivors in similar plans in New York and Pennsylvania. In this short video, attorney and advocate Mike Reck covers the basics and simplifies some of the complexities of these programs—including your options, the hidden costs, and potential barriers to justice these programs may present.

These programs present offers and opportunities that need to be analyzed with the greatest care. We encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before engaging with any of these compensation programs.

Call our California office confidentially today at 310-357-2425 or visit andersonadvocates.com.