The Diocese of Rochester’s appearance in a U.S. federal courtroom Thursday was mostly procedural.
However, it was a pivotal day for some survivors of clergy abuse as it was the first time they confronted diocesan leaders in an actual courtroom during bankruptcy proceedings.
“It makes it real,” said survivor Carol DuPreè . “This isn’t about dollar signs. This is about people’s lives.”
DuPreè is one on a nine-member committee comprised of nine sex abuse survivors who have filed claims against the diocese under New York’s Child Victims Act. Their role is to represent all abuse claimants and offer input on how the diocese might compensate them.