October 27, 2005

Chicago-area victims of priest abuse discuss settlements


By Karen Jordan
October 27, 2005 - The Chicago archdiocese says it settled two dozen cases of sexual abuse by priests. Many of these cases date back to the 1960s and 1970s. Some of the victims talked publicly Thursday about the resolution with ABC7's Karen Jordan.

Attorneys for the abuse survivors say they have many more clients who say they were molested by priests in the Chicago archdiocese. They say that while the archdiocese has been helpful as far as compensating the victims, it could do more.
"I think the Catholic Church as a whole has not taken enough responsibility, or shown enough attrition, for letting what amounts to crimes against humanity to occur to young boys and girls," said Telkia Ramsey, alleged abuse survivor.

Telkee Ramsey and Peggy Huff are two of 24 people who say they were molested by priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The archdiocese recently reached a settlement with all two dozen plaintiffs, but no one will say whether the amount of money equals the $12 million it paid out to 19 people two years ago.

"Although I have reluctantly accepted the settlement by the archdiocese, it is miniscule compared to pain and suffering I've had and the amount of pain and suffering having been inflicted on others. For that, I'm truly sorry," said Ramsey.

Posted by kshaw at October 27, 2005 08:48 PM