Sexual assault victims say they were pressured into unfair settlement by Catholic church: report

Sexual assault victims say they were pressured into unfair settlement by Catholic church: report
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Two men are reportedly alleging in court that Catholic officials pressured them to sign unfair settlements after they were sexually assaulted. 

The lawsuit claims that officials drew up agreements last year to stop the men from speaking out or taking legal action despite a promise to stop using nondisclosure agreements, according to The Associated Press

The suit was reportedly filed in New York federal court by cousins La Jarvis Love and Joshua Love of Mississippi. They say they were abused by Franciscan missionaries while they were at a Catholic grade school, according to the AP.  

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Their accusations and those of Joshua’s brother Raphael were reported on by the AP in August. 

“These guys have never received anything resembling justice. I’m hoping this lawsuit will bring these matters to light and provide them with a full measure of justice,” John F. Hawkins, an attorney representing La Jarvis Love and Joshua Love, told the wire service. 

The lawsuit said that after the cousins reported their abuse to the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, Miss., Joshua Love was encouraged "to initially settle his claims for $10,000,” which was later raised to $15,000, the news outlet reported. 

The suit says that “it was understood among the group that Joshua could not read and, therefore, was not able to understand the terms of the settlement other than the settlement amount.”