Rochester Catholic Diocese Likely to Face Onslaught of Lawsuits After Passage of Child Victims Act
The Rochester Catholic Diocese has decided not to defend itself against allegations of child sex abuse but is instead leaving it up to an independent mediator. The decision followed anticipation to see a high number of possible lawsuits brought against the diocese.
The independent mediator is responsible for listening to alleged victims’ stories and then making a determination on whether or not the story is credible, and how much the victim should be compensated if it is. The mediator is a former state Supreme Court Justice who has been reported to have already begun making decisions.
Once a decision is made, and if compensation is being offered, victims will then have the choice to decide whether or not they wish to take the settlement. In the event that a victim decides not to accept the offer, they will then retain the right to take legal action against the diocese under the recently passed Child Victims Act.
Last week, the first victim was offered a settlement of $125,000, which was accepted. Wednesday night, February 20, a second victim was reported to have been offered a settlement of $90,000, which has also been accepted. A third victim was stated to have also been offered compensation, although the amount of that settlement has not been disclosed at this time.
Altogether, 10 alleged victims have recently spoken to Judge Robert Lunn concerning settlement offers so far. At this time, four more hearings have been scheduled for next month and many more are likely to surface in the near future.
New York’s Child Victims Act
Although there is absolutely no amount of financial compensation that can expunge the atrocious experience of child sex abuse, it is imperative to understand that great strides are currently being made to help protect victims. The New York Child Victims Act is a substantial move in the right direction, as it grants victims as much time as they need to heal while guaranteeing them the right to hold their abuser(s) accountable.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our compassionate attorneys realize that there is nearly nothing as overwhelming and immoral as the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of innocent children who are generally incapable of defending themselves. We firmly believe that anyone who exploits a child in any manner such as by physical/sexual contact, voyeurism, child pornography, or any other way should be held liable for their disgraceful actions, and we are here for you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.
If you or a loved one has suffered from sexual abuse as a child, and you feel as though you are ready to come forward, please contact our New York sexual abuse attorneys at (212) 779-0057 and let us go to work obtaining the compensation you deserve.
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