Claims under the MN Child Victims Act
“It is a time to recommit to efforts to prevent the abuse of the vulnerable and vow never to forget the lessons of this tragic chapter in Church history.”
– Bishop John LeVoir
The three-year open window for making civil claims for historical cases of child sexual abuse closed on May 25, 2016.
Promise to Protect. Pledge to Heal.
Message from Bishop LeVoir
Windows closes for child sex abuse claims
On May 25, 2016, the deadline to file claims under the Minnesota Child Victims Act passed.
For three years, victims and survivors of child sexual abuse had been encouraged to come forward and file a claim for restitution, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.
By the end of the day on May 25, 101 people had made claims against the Diocese of New Ulm and parishes within the diocese. Of the 75 parishes in the diocese, 28 are named in claims.
These claims report abuse from several decades ago involving priests who are now either deceased or removed from public ministry. Almost all of the claims report abuse during the 1960s and 1970s.