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Sex abuse victims reject Church payout offer

The Local · 27 Jan 2011, 08:58

Published: 27 Jan 2011 08:58 GMT+01:00

“This sum is not at all sufficient to compensate for the damages suffered or to signal a recognition of guilt,” leader of the Eckiger Tisch victim’s group Thomas Weiner told daily Frankfurter Rundshau.

Weiner also said he found it incomprehensible that victims already known to the Church would have to file an application to receive the payment.

On Monday Klaus Mertes, rector of Canisius College, the elite Jesuit school in Berlin at which the first allegations surfaced, told daily Berliner Zeitungthat the 205 known victims would share about €1 million in damages payments from the Jesuit order, meaning each would receive roughly €5,000.

But Weiner, who attended the Canisius College along with many members of his group, said he remained uncertain of whether the offer was real or simply a declaration of intent.

Eckiger Tisch had demanded damages of some €82,000 per abuse victim.

A spokesman for the order in Munich told news agency AFP that the Jesuits had sent the offer in letters and emails to the around 200 victims who had come forward, in which it was noted that the sum "could never compensate for the suffering incurred."

The onslaught of sexual and physical abuse revelations within the Catholic Church began in January 2010 when it emerged that priests at Canisius committed dozens of assaults on pupils in the 1970s and 1980s. Since then more than 200 cases of such abuse at Church institutions throughout the country have emerged.

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But many of these cases cannot be prosecuted because they have passed the statute of limitations.

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Your comments about this article

12:50 January 27, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
"Victims of sexual abuse at Jesuit schools in Germany said Thursday that the Catholic Church¦#39;s offer of €5,000 in compensation is too low."

Oh no, really? Why would they think such a blasphemous thing?
16:23 January 27, 2011 by LoyolaAlum
The Jesuit Order in California paid $7 million in the sex assault case involving Br. Charles Connor and two lifetime employees of the Jesuit Order. Fr. Thomas Smolich, now the top Jesuit official in the United States, was involved in the $7 million settlement.
20:18 January 27, 2011 by Kay Goodnow
How can monetary value be determined for a life destroyed by clerical abuse (in any form, including brainwashing)? It cannot. And for the families and supporters of those victims who killed themselves with whatever weapons were placed in their hands by the authority of the church through the conspirancy of silence? No amount is enough. If an American diocese files for bankruptcy to "protect their assets" they do so in order to punish their victims for problems the church itself created. It's time for the church to admit their guilt and face the consequences. For this to be happening in Germany gives me, as a survivor and long time activist through and because of SNAP, a sense of validation and vindication. Benedict XVI continues to deceive; those who remain members of his church are enabling continued abuse. Please continue to report as the problem will escalate. Thank you.
23:52 January 27, 2011 by eliminate sol
I think the last sentence of the article says the most..

the "statutes of limitations"" (which i now believe has only favored perpetrators) has run out.

This is the same line we here over and over in cities and states through out America and all over the world..

How convenient for the jesuits and all priests and clergy and all other perps to have absurd time limits to hide behind

I hope Germany can join the global effort to eliminate the Statutes of limitations on child sex abuse.. and open a window of opportunity for those who have no recourse to have one.

Most victims of abuse cannot deal with the repurcussions until much later in life (if they live that long)..

eliminate the SOL.. give child victims a voice and chance and equal rights.. with perps
04:56 January 28, 2011 by Zlik
If any of the victims whipped out a small razor with the knowledge -my body is my temple-.and Sliced his aggressor eyes in two +++ pieces, whilst in his mind He hear's echos of "my body is my temple", And nearly mutilates the holy man or quite plainly ( Perpetrator of this heinous crime}. to near death, Would he be held as an attempted murderer? Right which one?
06:23 January 28, 2011 by Researcher8
In 1996, the US Department of Justice calculated the short term cost per victim incurred by child molesters--$99,000. Based on an average inflation rate of 2.6% since 1996, the average short-term cost per victim is now about $135,000.

See: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/victcost.pdf - Table 2
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