The Dutch News website reports that the Lindenbergh Commission -- which was set up in The Netherlands to advise sexual abuse victims of Catholic priests of the levels of compensation -- said in a report published today (June 20, 2011) that these victims should be paid compensation up to 25,000 Euros. In exceptional cases, the figure could reach 100,000 Euros.
The commission -- led by private law professor Siewert Lindenbergh -- estimates that about a quarter of the 2,000 victims who have claimed compensation will receive a pay-out because of the strict qualification demands.
Compensation will be calculated on the basis of the seriousness of the abuse, the commission said.
It will range from 5,000 Euros for remarks and behavior of a sexual nature to 25,000 Euros for rape. The 100,000 Euros will be paid in exceptionally severe cases, such as gang rape.