Priest Sexual Abuse Class Action Filed in Montreal

by John McKiggan

A new class action has been filed in Quebec alleging sexual abuse by priests.

The class action names the Community of the Clerics of St. Viateur in Montreal and the Raymond-Dewar Institute (also known as the Institute for the Deaf and Dumb) as defendants.

The representative plaintiff, Serge D’arcy says he was a victim of sexual abuse by priests while attending the institute between 1967 and 1972. D’arcy states that he was subjected to physical and sexual abuse by priests who were members of the religious group who taught and worked at the Dewar Institute.

I applaud Mr. D’arcy’s courage in coming forward on behalf of himself and other victims.

I am pleased to see that class action legislation is being used as a tool to help more victims of childhood abuse. I had the pleasure of being invited to present on this issue at The Canadian Institute’s 9th Annual summit on Institutional Liability for Sexual Assault & Abuse.

Ron Martin’s sexual abuse class action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish was a groundbreaking claim. The landmark settlement achieved in that class action will provide accountability, closure, and fair compensation to victims who would never be able to speak publicly about what happened to them.

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