New York's Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of financial pressure from lawsuits over past sexual abuse by clergy members. (Oct. 1)
JANET KLINGER: He raped me when I was 14. And I lost basically everything. I lost my music. I lost my faith. And I couldn't wait to get out of [? Plainview ?] and get away from the Diocese.
JOHN BARRES: In the year since the passage of the Child Victims Act, more than 200 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse have been filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre. What became clear was that the Diocese was not going to be able to continue to carry out its spiritual, charitable, and educational missions if it were to continue to shoulder the increasingly heavy burden of litigation expenses associated with these cases.
JEFF ANDERSON: And they did this, in our view and based on our experience, is to stop us, the attorneys and the survivors working with them, from excavating all the secrets they have kept that have been so reckless for so long.
JOHN SCHRATWIESER: This is about justice. This is about the really evil things that happened to me and so many other people that were not stopped when they could have been and continue to be pushed aside by the hierarchy who does not want to claim responsibility for this.