Here are the articles about Cornwall I was talking about:
10 June 2010: “Cornwall sex abuse victims reach settlement: CTV” & “Diocese. province settle with sex assault victims”
10 June 2010: Cornwall sex abuse victims given large settlements
I have several comments on this, some regarding the reference to the settlements, and some regarding the reference to Steve Parisien.
(1) The Settlements
I can not for the life of me conceive $70-100M in settlements. To be honest I have not heard much of anything about this. I did know that canon lawyer Jacques Leduc settled with two of his “alleged” victims fairly recently – and it wasn’t big money by a long shot. But I don’t believe the diocese was involved in those. That was out of Leduc’s own pocket. The word on the streets is that he told them if they didn’t take what he offered he would declare bankruptcy and then there wouldn’t be a penny!
Bishop Durocher says the last of 16 lawsuits was settled a few weeks ago. I know there was legal action related to the following:
Father Lucien Lussier
Father Charles MacDonald
Father Carl Stone
Father Luc Meunier
Father Gilles Deslaurier
Who else? Any whose names have not been out in the public domain?
Bishop Durocher says none of the settlement involved confidentiality agreements. Can anyone fill in any details? Does anyone know the names of other clergy who were sued? If yes, send an email(email@example.com) or post a comment to help fill in the gaps here. Remember, according to the bishop it’s no secret. I wonder why Durocher didn’t just spell out the names?!
Anyway, 16 actions amounting to $1.2M. That probably means, after legal fees are deducted, an average of $50,000 or less/victim.
Peanuts really. That has been fairly standard for Cornwall victims, be it in legal action related to the Church or correctional services.
My question then is, with those sort of settlements how does the overall estimate wind up at around $70M? I really can not conceive those numbers. Even counting all of the lawsuits related to probation and parole (i.e., Ken Seguin) I am still nowhere near that figure.
What am I missing here? What don’t I know that I perhaps should know?
Has one or perhaps more victims reached a multi-million-dollar settlement?
I think that would be all over Cornwall in no time and I would hear about it. I truly do.
Anyway, if anyone can enlighten us all on these figures it would be greatly appreciated.
(2) Steve Parisien
The CTV article reads in part
Although Parisien hasn’t received a settlement, he is hoping to get some compensation for his experience.
He says while no amount of money will change his life, it will help validate what he went through.
Steve Parisien hasn’t launched lawsuit so it’s quite impossible for him to receive a settlement. What Steve has been trying to do is recoup some of the losseshe incurred from the Cornwall Public Inquiry -specifically the costs incurred after Justice Normand Glaude tossed this victim out of the the Weave Shed and straight to the wolves. Glaude could have allowed Steve to take the stand on the spot to explain his side of the story. But, no. Glaude decided that “the proper authorities” (read police) should be called in. That’s the way victims were dealt with at the Weave Shed.
Considering how long it takes these days to have a molester charged, relatively speaking it took an instant for police to arrest Steve in broad daylight – right out there on the street he was handcuffed and frisked and tossed into the back seat of a cruiser like a common criminal. Charged with obstruction of justice. hey don;t do that to the average molester. They did it to Steve.
The charges were eventually, properly and mercifully dismissed at trial, but it cost money for Steve to retain a lawyer, and he lost income through time off work and the inability to get a job while a serious criminal charge was hanging round his neck.
It was a rough year for Steve. His interest in the Cornwall Public Inquiry and concern for fellow victims cost him dearly, both emotionally and financially. I think it is fair to say he has yet to recover from it. I think too that it is fair to say that the charges and arrest and trial have impacted him almost as deeply as did his sexual abuse. It was truly the ultimate re-victimization of a victim – at the Cornwall Public Inquiry no less.
So, yes Steve would of course like to see a few dollars, but, and I could be wrong, I think what he’s been looking for primarily is both an apology from the commissioner and commission counsel and reimbursement of his expenses. Several thousand dollars for sure. He tried writing to Glaude but that went nowhere.
Will Steve get a cent? or an apology?
The AG should be announcing the dispersal of funds any day now. With all the cash cows which are apt to be flying about will he have the decency to reimburse Steve?
Enough for now,
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