December 4, 2018
An attorney who represents several people who claim abuse at the hands of priests in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo stated that he is receiving settlement offers for his clients.
Mitchell Garabedian says eight offers have come in from the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, with dollar amounts ranging from $10,000 to $340,000.
Garabedian says that while some of his clients want to accept the offers, others feel re-victimized by them:
“All eight clergy sexual abuse victims feel as though the Catholic Church still does not care and will never care about the pain caused by clergy sexual abuse.”
The diocese disputes the term “settlement,” instead calling it compensation to promote healing and bring closure.
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