More than 500 sex abuse claims filed against Diocese of Rochester


August 19, 2020

By Ginny Ryan

When Carol Dupre first shared her story of sex abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Rochester, she stood with her lawyer on the steps of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Three years later, Dupre now stands with 503 others – just like her.

“I was glad to know so many people responded, but I was disappointed that it was such a large number for what I was told was a small diocese. I thought it was a sad commentary for the Catholic Church,” she said Wednesday it .

The deadline has passed for child sex abuse survivors to file civil lawsuits against the Diocese of Rochester, and 503 people have filed claims against the diocese under New York’s Child Victims Act amid the institution’s bankruptcy filing.

Dupre serves on the bankruptcy panel representing sex abuse victims in the case. She says she significantly underestimated the number that would file claims.

Her attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, says it’s because of victims like her who came forward. Garabedian, who is representing 95 survivors of child sex abuse in the greater Rochester region, previously estimated there would be 250-300 claims filed.

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