Pennsylvania’s Attorney General just released a report that shows the abuse and cover-up by the Catholic diocese in Altoona-Johnstown. It documents the sexual abuse of hundreds of victims by priests and shows that when abuse was reported, rather than removing priests from their positions, church authorities just relocated the offenders to other churches where they could continue abusing children.
Within the report is a chart that was used by the bishops to figure out how much to payout to victims of abuse.
The chart recommended paying $10,000 to $25,000 to victims fondled over their clothes; $15,000 to $40,000 to those fondled under their clothes or subjected to masturbation; $25,000 to $75,000 for those subjected to oral sex; and $50,000 to $175,000 to those subjected to intercourse.
Many of these victims cannot prosecute because of the statute of limitations. Victims live with the consequences of abuse for their entire lives. These abusers got off scot-free.