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Sexual abuse by a member of the clergy can have long-term, traumatic effects on survivors. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo in Santa Ana, our Orange clergy abuse attorneys are tough advocates for clerical sexual abuse victims. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.
A number of clergy in the Diocese of Orange have been accused of sexual abuse, including the following clergy in the city of Orange, CA:
An independent settlement program known as the Independent Compensation Program was established to compensate clergy sexual abuse victims in Southern California. This program is being administered by two nationally recognized administrators who have autonomous authority to determine eligibility of claimants and amounts paid out for sexual abuse claims. This program was designed to compensate victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests in certain Dioceses only.
To be eligible for compensation under the Independent Compensation Program, your claim must be for sexual abuse committed by a priest in the:
To file a new claim with the Independent Compensation Program, you must first register on the program’s website, then report the sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agency and provide a copy of the report to the administrators of the program. Then you complete a claim form for the program, providing documentation to support your claim. Completed claim forms may be sent to the administrators via overnight courier service using the pre-paid return envelope provided in the claim packet.
Completed claim forms are reviewed by the Independent Compensation Program administrators, who have the authority to determine eligibility and compensation amounts. Both you and the Dioceses will be notified of determinations made by the administrators. If you choose to accept the offered compensation, you will be required to sign a full release of all past and future claims against any party relating to the allegations of sexual abuse. We highly recommend that you speak with a priest abuse attorney in Orange, CA before doing so.
At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, we handle our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no up-front costs for you. If you are a survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Orange, CA, call us as soon as possible. Our Orange clergy sexual abuse lawyers can advise you of your options to pursue compensation for your injuries.