Diocese of Rochester to end its process of settling abuse claims
The Diocese of Rochester announced March 14 that its own process of settling claims involving allegations of the sexual abuse of minors will soon end due to passage of New York’s Child Victims Act.
“With the passage of the Child Victims Act, the Diocese will conclude our settlement process involving Justice Robert J. Lunn, who has been serving as an independent neutral to resolve claims against the Diocese involving allegations of sexual abuse of minors,” according to the diocesan statement. “The Diocese now wants to assess where we are as we prepare to respond to and cooperate with the process set forth in this recent legislation.”
The diocese noted that the program with Justice Lunn, who is a retired New York Supreme Court justice, will not end immediately.
“Instead, all claimants who have now completed the investigation phase of the program will have their claims administered by Justice Lunn,” the diocese explained in its statement. “When the process concludes, more than 30 claimants will have been heard. The Diocese has a long-established process of working directly with victims and will continue to do so.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Victims of clergy sexual abuse of a minor are encouraged to contact civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, please contact Mrs. Deborah Housel, victim assistance coordinator, at 585-328-3210, ext. 1555, or toll-free 1-800-388-7177, ext. 1555, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.