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Quebec: religious order settles with over 200 abuse victims

Catholic World News - July 09, 2013

The Congregation of the Holy Cross has agreed to pay over $18 million (US$17.05 million) to 206 persons who said they were victims of clerical sexual abuse at three schools run by the order in Quebec.

The abuse took place between 1950 and 2001.

“Such actions should never have happened,” said Father Jean-Pierre Aumont, the congregation’s provincial superior, as he apologized “for the suffering caused by the teachers and staff who held a position of trust and authority with students.”

“It's clear the 206 people we're talking about [are] a sad minority of the total number of victims,” said one of the victims. “There were 40 aggressors identified by the victims, and five of them are still alive today.”

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