Paying and receiving – 2.6 million already paid out to abuse victims

moneyAs today is a day of giving in the Netherlands, it is perhaps fitting to note that over the past months the Church has paid €2.6 million (3.4 million USD) to 91 victims of sexual abuse or their descendants or representatives. On average, victims received €32,000 in compensation, although the amount varied according to the nature of the abuse suffered.

At the same time, insurance company Aegon paid out €1 million to the Church as part of a liability insurance agreed upon between Aegon and the Diocese of Rotterdam in 2006. The money can be used for further payments to victims. There are a 110 complaints and claims that still need resolving.


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I'm a 37-year-old lay Catholic from the diocese of Groningen-Leeuwarden. I write about the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. I not only enjoy bringing selected developments to the attention of readers, but I also think that it is sometimes important to allow a wider audience to read about the state of the Church in the Netherlands. That's why a fair number of posts about that topic will be translations of Dutch articles, episcopal writings and whatever else.

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