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Settlement reached in case against priests

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet faced a number of serious accusations, targeted at five different Roman Catholic priests. They have now reached a settlement with the accusers, which was determined out of court, and it has been reported to be around $4.137 million.

The accusations came from a number of different men -- some who are 60 years old today -- who were just young boys when they went to the diocese back in the 1960s and up through the 1980s. Those men said that they were abused by these priests. They listed a number of places where this abuse happened, including a cabin that the diocese used, their own private living quarters, and the school's classrooms.

It should be noted that not a single priest who was named in the account is still working with the diocese.

According to the lawsuit, the Diocese of Joliet was not just negligent in allowing the situation to develop, but actually knowledgeable of what was taking place between the priests and the boys. If they didn't know, the suit says, they should have. Therefore, the grown men now claim that the diocese was just as responsible for the abuse they suffered all those years before.

Though the cases were different for all of the boys, some of the examples cited trickery and deception, where the priests would manipulate the boys. They also described those priests as frightening and even savage.

As this case shows, settlements can be reached even decades after a sexual assault occurs. If you have been victimized in this way, be sure that you know what legal options you have.

Source: Joliet Patch, "Joliet Diocese Settles Victims' Abuse Claims Against 'Savage, Scary' Priests for Over $4M," Lorraine Swanson, April. 15, 2015

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