Diocese settlement only part of the victims healing


by Jacqueline Quynh – KPAX News
Updated: Jan 31, 2014

MISSOULA – Despite the settlement, the anguish of the victims is not going away. And, even though the diocese has reached a settlement with 362 victims of sexual abuse, to some this by no means is closure. We talked with 4 victims, men and women, who came forward on Friday, to share the experiences they say, no one would believe, or chose to ignore. They talked about how hard it was to have had to carry this pain all these years alone.

And they tell us, the settlement at least gives light to something that had happened for decades, and that this acknowledgement could help prevent abuse in the future. “The apology the fact that we were telling the truth is a big deal, the most important, but it doesn’t take away the pain, I’ve dealt with for over 50 years, the disappointment because I wanted to be a nun,” said Jackie Trotch, abuse survivor.

That’s just one of the stories we heard on Friday, and they are all hard to hear. The Tamaki Law Firm vows to continue to pursue more cases of abuse. The group is currently preparing for a case against the Ursuline Sister of the Western Province. Also as part of the settlement, The Diocese of Helena will provide counseling for abuse victims.

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