On November 13, 2018, Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput announced the opening of an Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP) for survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Philadelphia.
Before making such an important decision concerning such a serious and sensitive matter, we encourage all survivors of priest sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We have a team in Pennsylvania dedicated to helping survivors of sexual abuse. We will support, protect and guide you through the process and your information will remain completely confidential.
A similar compensation programs was offered by some of the Catholic dioceses in New York and while the programs may be helpful to a select group of sexual abuse survivors, the only true measure of justice for survivors of child sexual abuse is to reform the laws across this country. Survivors of sexual abuse should be allowed to come forward on their own time and in their own way. To support legislative reform, take an active role in the process and contact your state and local legislators today to express your support for statute of limitations reform.