Friday, July 11, 2014

Canadian Trial Court Awards Damages Against Religious Order In Sex Abuse Class Action

According to Canadian Press, a Quebec trial court ruled yesterday that the Catholic order of priests, the Redemptorist Order, is liable in a class action to all sexual assault victims who attended Saint-Alphonse Seminary in Quebec City between 1960 and 1987. Nine priests are also named in the suit, but 6 of them are dead and the other 3 say they are living in poverty.  Under the court's verdict, each victim will receive at least $75,000, and some will receive $150,000.  So far, 70 former students have have filed alleging they were abuse victims.