Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo recently announced a compensation plan for survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced a new program called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) for individuals who have previously made claims of sexual abuse as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.
The Diocese of Buffalo’s Compensation Program is for survivors of sexual abuse that occurred in the Diocese of Buffalo. It is limited to abuse by Diocesan Priests and NOT by members of religious Orders. 13 former priests have been publicly identified as abusers in the Diocese of Buffalo.
This program is now open. There is a deadline for submission of June 1, 2018.
Survivors who receive a settlement from the Diocese of Buffalo will waive the right to file a lawsuit later. Currently there are statute of limitations that prevent such lawsuits for most victims. The State of New York is considering a new law to extend the statute of limitations. However, the act being considered is limited to people 50 years old and younger. If you are older than 50 and were abused as a child, you should strongly consider contacting an attorney to discuss your options.
Buffalo Attorney Steve Boyd was the first Buffalo area journalist to break stories about priest sexual abuse in the early 1990s. Today Mr. Boyd represents the victims of clergy sexual abuse.
If you’ve been abused by a priest, you should contact an attorney right away. Consultations are free and we’re happy to walk you through all available options and determine the best path forward.