Catholic Church Sets Up Fund for Sex Abuse Victims

Ohio Catholic leaders have started $3 million fund to help victims of childhood sexual abuse. But some victims say the Counseling Assistance Fund is a publicity stunt.

The fund was started by Diocese of Cleveland, seven other Roman Catholic dioceses in Ohio and the Parma Byzantine Eparchy.

Claims are independently reviewed and if approved, the victims can get mental health counseling that’s not provided by the church.

Timothy Luckhaupt is executive director of the Catholic Conference of Ohio which started the fund. He says the church wants to help victims.

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