A settlement agreement has been reached with the Diocese of Rochester following years of sexual abuse claims and court proceedings.
Now, one victim and her attorney are speaking about the issue.
The Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy in 2019 and was the first in the state to do that. It’s now required to pay out $55 million dollars to victims.
Rochester First reports that News 8 was able to speak with survivor Carole DuPre of Spencerport.
DuPre said that in the 1960s she was molested around the age of 16 by a priest in Marion. Now, she uses her voice to help speak for other victims of abuse at the hands of the Diocese.
She said she’s glad they’re finally taking responsibility and also hopes they’ll be taking the blame. She added she hopes that the victims will be able to find peace, because money won’t be what does that.
Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian represented DuPre as well as hundreds of other victims in the case.
While he believes the settlement is the first step in the case, he says there is still work to be done.
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