Grace period: Diocese extends deadline for abuse victims to apply for compensation

Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Locals sexually abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn have one more week to apply for the fund set up to compensate those victims.

Diocesan leaders set a new deadline of March 31 to report incidents in order to be eligible for money from the program, after announcing the fund in June 2017.

Last December, a flock of legal eagles released a list of Kings County’s corrupt Catholic priests that they hoped will encourage sexual-abuse victims to apply for compensation before it’s too late, according to one of the lawyers.

“We’re hoping to raise awareness with this report about the Brooklyn Diocese, the availability of this program for survivors, and specifically that the clock is running and there’s a hard deadline,” said Jerry Kristal, who works for law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which released the list as part of a multi-firm collective called Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse.

The document, entitled “Hidden Disgrace,” identified 65 priests within the local diocese who were accused or convicted of sex crimes against children.

The legal eagles compiled their list of ordained predators by culling survivor testimonies, media reports, and online resources, including, a website that documents abuse by clergymen.

The Diocese of Brooklyn created the fund to provide relief and closure to victims who can’t seek legal remedies due to statute-of-limitation laws. The program — which doesn’t require the aid of an attorney to apply — does not stop beneficiaries from naming their attackers or describing their abuse, but it does prohibit them filing suit against the Catholic Church after accepting money.

Abuse victims interested in applying for a settlement can do so online at or by calling (855) 796–3463.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:47 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: