Jesuits Settle Sex Suit for $50M

Case involves abuse of 110 children in remote Alaskan villages
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2007 3:55 AM CST
Jesuits Settle Sex Suit for $50M
The Seal of the Society of Jesus. Reports say the Oregon Province of the Jesuits agreed to a $50 Million settlement of a lawsuit brought by 110 native Alaskans who say they were abused by Jesuit priests.    (Society of Jesus)

The Jesuits have agreed to pay $50 million to some 110 people living in remote Alaskan villages who claim they were sexually molested as children by 15 priests, brothers or men working for the Jesuits, reports the Seattle Times. Details of the settlements are still being negotiated, according to attorneys and a Jesuit spokesman. The victims were reportedly molested over a 20-year period from the ages of 5-16.

"In some villages it's difficult to find an adult who was not sexually violated by men who used religion and power" to abuse them as children, said the plaintiffs' attorney. "This settlement represents a long overdue acknowledgment of the truth of our clients' stories of abuse." (Read more Society of Jesus stories.)

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