“This is a landmark case,” said Robert Kugler, a Montreal lawyer who represents the victims. “This is the highest amount that has ever been paid by a religious congregation in Quebec to settle a class action dealing with sexual abuse.”
I suppose the settlement is OK, but I keep wondering what penalties the law provides. Surely, you don't rape a kid, and then just pay him some money. Usually, you go to jail. At some point, when a crime is committed, the case leaves the hands of the victims and the criminals, and the disposition of the case is determined by laws and proscribed punishments, not by agreements between the perpetrators and the victims. But maybe I need a lawyer to explain this to me, because the law has always had a mysterious aspect about it that eludes me.