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Fresno Diocese Rolls Out Survivor Compensation Program. Lawyers Claim It’s Because Of Proposed Law

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has been under pressure the last few months to release its own list of priests who have been acccused of sexual abuse. Although a list hasn’t been released yet, the diocese is rolling out a settlement program for survivors. Some attorneys who represent survivors find it to be strategic and controversial. “The problem with that process is it allows the Catholic bishops and the diocese to hold onto the secrets and to continue thus the practices they’ve employed in the past and to avoid the excavation that comes with actual litigation,” said Jeff Anderson, founder of the law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates that’s known in California and nationwide for its work representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse. People who were allegedly abused by a Fresno diocese priest when they were children can choose to file a claim through The Independent Compensation Program , which is separate from the church. The program is being administered by Kenneth R.
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