August 3, 2020
The Diocese of Camden, NJ is suspending all payouts to survivors of sexual abuse due to budgetary impacts from COVID. This is a hurtful and deceitful move that clearly shows that the best pathway for survivors to get justice is through the court system and not church-run programs.
Last year, church officials from Camden called for victims to come forward and participate in their Independent Victims Compensation Plan. They ran this plan in hopes that survivors would not take advantage of New Jersey’s recent Child Victims Act and instead come to the church for help. Less than one year later, Camden officials have reneged on the promise they made to the survivors of abuse and are refusing to help new survivors coming forward.
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