Responding to Sexual Abuse Claims Against the Church

    By Carrie Kiger Huff

    Responding to Sexual Abuse Claims Against the Church

    Responding to Sexual Abuse Claims Against the Church

    By Carrie Kiger Huff

    Course / Program Material 2007 TIPS 15th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Program - Tucson AZ Carrie's paper explores the different methods of pursuing sexual abuse claims against the church. The environment in which insured dioceses and religious institutions make decisions regarding defense or resolution of childhood ...
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    Course / Program Material2007 TIPS 15th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Program - Tucson AZCarrie's paper explores the different methods of pursuing sexual abuse claims against the church. The environment in which insured dioceses and religious institutions make decisions regarding defense or resolution of childhood sexual abuse claims is harsh and unforgiving, with the financial viability of many dioceses and the bishops' ability to shepherd their respective dioceses hanging in the balance. As the litigation writ is vast, there are large aggregations of claims, mass settlements, attempts to use class action mechanism to provide greater leverage and encourage more victims to participate, and theories and procedures developed for addressing mass torts. Carrie examines how class definitions impact litigation.Post-Boston, Carrie looks at the litigation and resolution of childhood sexual abuse claims against a backdrop of apologies by the bishops and Church hierarchy, conspicuous displays of public penance by bishops and their priests, and a public commitment to pastoral outreach to victims which have been incorporated into Church law. Carrie examines the pitfalls of some Church leaders and bishops in dealing with the problem by placing the interests of the accused priests above those of the victims and how a more sophisticated media strategy, lobbying efforts, and organization by victim advocacy groups enhanced their ability to influence the way in which the crisis play out. Carrie concludes by stating a number of potential consequences of attempting an aggressive defense exist.

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    5190418

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    2/1/2007 12:00:00 AM

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