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Victims of Juncalito Catholic priest will sue

The Observatory of Human Rights for Vulnerable Groups (ODHGV) announced on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, that it would sue the Roman Catholic Church for RD$100 million for damages. The Observatory is representing six families that were victims of rape by Catholic priest Alberto Gil (Wojciech) in Juncalito.

The spokesman for ODHGB, Juan Alberto Francisco says that the sexually abused children have received legal and psychological assistance, but the Catholic Church has not dealt with the matter.

The Regional Court in Wolomin, Poland in 2015 condemned Wojciech (Alberto Gil) to seven years in jail and to pay a penalty of EUR40,000 to the victims and their families. According to Francisco, despite the instruction of Attorney General Andrzej Seremet that the funds be deposited in bank accounts of the parents of the victims, to date the payments have not been received.

Francisco, nevertheless, said the legal case seeks that the church be condemned for its civil responsibility in the case that should go beyond the economic compensation. The group demands that the Catholic Church supervise the people under its jurisdiction.

Francisco said that when they have reached out to the new archbishop of Santo Domingo, he has responded that he is not familiar with the case and will look into it. Francisco said that the Catholic Church committed in 2015 to give assistance to the victims but has not reached out to them.

Francisco said that it is not possible that after so many years, the Catholic Church is not familiar with the case.

“A team of lawyers has decided to work with the victims and their families and in the coming days we will be filing a civil liability claim for damages against the Catholic Church, to make clear that the Church not simply disassociate itself from a priest who commits this type of crime, but rather take full responsibility to address the needs of the victims and their families who have suffered,” he said.

Source: DR1, ELcaribe

Sep 22, 2017

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