Quebec religious order ordered to pay victims of sexual abuse

A Quebec court has ordered a religious group to compensate victims of sexual abuse involving several of the organization's priests.

The eventual amount paid out by the Redemptorist Order could total in the millions of dollars.

The Quebec Superior Court ruling says the group will have to pay at least $75,000 in damages to each victim who attended the Saint-Alphonse Seminary between 1960 and 1987.

So far, 70 ex-students have come forward alleging they were assaulted while attending the Quebec school.

A lawyer representing the victims says he expects the decision to encourage more former students to make claims, which he believes could double or triple the total compensation.

In his ruling, Justice Claude Bouchard says ex-students who can prove they were victims of assault ``of a particular nature'' will also be eligible for an additional $75,000.

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