The Anchorage Daily News reports that as part of a bankruptcy plan, the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks will pay abuse victims nearly $10 million dollars. The plan includes sending a bishop to travel to parishes where sexual abuse occurred and putting the names of suspected abusers on the diocese website.
Approximately $9.8 million dollars will go into a fund for about 300 victims of sexual abuse. There will be another $2.5 million dollars that will be set aside for attorneys, accountants, and other professionals involved in the case. The amount given to each victim will be decided by mediator. Some of the factors that the mediator will most likely consider will be: the nature and severity of abuse, the age of the victim at the time it started, and whether the perpetrator was in a position of trust. A variety of priests, nuns, deacons, brothers and even church volunteers are suspected of abuse.