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Alumnus Ben Rubinowitz ’81 and Colleague Secure Record Settlement for Sex Abuse Victims

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Brooklyn Diocese Is Part of $27.5 Million Settlement in 4 Sex Abuse Cases
By Sharon Otterman
The New York Times
Sept. 18, 2018

Excerpt:
Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Roman Catholic church reached a $27.5 million settlement with the Diocese of Brooklyn and a local after-school program on Tuesday, in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of abuse within the church. …

The largest previous individual settlement to an abuse victim in the Catholic Church is believed to be in 2007, when two victims of a lay music minister in the Rockville Centre diocese collected a total of $11,450,000, or $5.725 million each, according to BishopAccountability.org, which tracks clergy sexual abuse cases. The lawyers for the Brooklyn victims said they believed this was a record settlement to individuals for sex abuse in the Catholic Church in this country. …

“These were boys who were abused in second grade through sixth grade, for years for some of them,” said Ben Rubinowitz, another lawyer for the victims. “The egregious nature of the conduct is the reason that the church paid what they did.”


A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 19, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Landmark $27.5 Million Deal For Brooklyn Diocese Victims.

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