By Sarah Keane • 04 December 2020 • 14:14
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25 STUDENTS abused in Spanish schools to receive compensation
The Congregation of the Marists of Catalonia, the first in Spain that created an independent commission to assess compensation rights for victims of sexual abuse committed in its schools, will pay a total of €400,000 to 25 former students who reported having suffered abuse years ago.
The Marists constituted an independent commission last February together with the Mans Petites Foundation, created by Manuel Barbero, father of one of the victims, to investigate case by case and establish the damages suffered and therefore the right to receive compensation. The commission has analyzed a total of 25 cases and on December 3 began to contact the students to receive compensation.
“The will of the Marists has always been, from the first moment, to welcome the victims, listen to them and not ignore them”, said sources from the congregation.
A total of 18 teachers or monitors from Marist schools have been denounced in recent years for abuses committed since the 1960s, although only one of them, the Physical Education teacher Joaquín Betínez, has come to trial and has been convicted.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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