January 14, 2006

Despite numbers, some say true tally of victims remains unknown


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Mary Fuchs knows there are other victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy out there.

"I could probably find about 100 people easily, but they won't say anything," said Fuchs, who was abused by her cousin, the Rev. Louis Miller, and took part in a $25.7 million settlement with the Archdiocese of Louisville.

The dynamic, though, isn't limited to the Louisville case. Despite the hundreds of victims cited in various church settlements around the country, attorneys, support groups and experts say there are many more victims who may never be heard from.

Counselors and attorneys said some victims of abuse will not come forward because of shame or fear of public exposure, even though the church offers assistance to victims while promising not to make their plight public.

Posted by kshaw at January 14, 2006 04:10 PM