A settlement of $166.1 million has been reached between a clergy organization representing Jesuit priests in Western states for 524 claims of clergy sexual abuse. The settlement with the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus - which contains Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon - will place $48.1 million into a trust fund for the victims while its insurance carriers will pay out $118 million.
As part of the agreement, the society will publicize the names of the offenders, issue written statements to the victims, release any pertinent medical records and take extra steps to protect children from future abuse. Before the payouts can begin, a court must approve the order's bankruptcy plan, as well as evaluate plans on a case-by-case basis.
The clergy abuse is reported to have taken place in Jesuit-operated boarding schools and mission schools in Indian reservations in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. These grounds were known to be used as a dumping ground for priests that had run into trouble before.
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