Abuse victims can receive compensation from the Church

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The state’s three Catholic dioceses in Denver, Pueblo and Colorado Springs launched a reparations program intended to compensate victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy.

Those who have never reported abuse must file a claim for reparations by Nov. 30, by visiting coloradodiocesesirrp.com or calling 833-521-0015. Those who have reported abuse in the past can file a claim until Jan. 31.

People who receive compensation through the fund must agree, before accepting the money, not to file a lawsuit against the dioceses (but are free to publicly share what happened to them). Victims who previously settled sexual abuse claims with the dioceses are not eligible for compensation.

An independent third-party review of sexual abuse of minors within the three dioceses is scheduled for completion this fall. 

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