Local Diocese Sued for Reneging on Abuse Payment
Lawsuit Is First of Its Kind in San Diego

NBC San Diego
June 10, 2004

SAN DIEGO -- A lawsuit has been filed against a church diocese that allegedly reneged on payments promised to a victim of sexual abuse so that she could seek psychological counseling, NBC 7/39 reported.

Attorney Irwin Zalkin says payments to his client stopped after she filed a lawsuit against the diocese claiming sexual abuse. Irwin says his client is one of many victims in the same situation.

"This is very costly and very difficult for victims to pay for, and in the middle of this, to be re-traumatized by the removal of that care is unacceptable," Irwin said. "So, we have brought a class action lawsuit on behalf of all these victims who are in the same situation where those benefits were removed because they filed a lawsuit."

A spokesman for the local diocese says he cannot comment on the lawsuit other than to say arrangements for counseling are made directly with alleged victims, not through their attorneys.

Zalkin said the lawsuit is the first of its kind filed in San Diego.


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