Some 200 people have gathered in Montreal, Canada to support a lawsuit against 28 priests and six workers charged with sexual misconduct of children. The march was held on Sunday supporting the more than 60 former students from a boarding school for students with hearing and speech impairments, who have filed a class action against the priests and workers of the Clerics of Saint-Viateur. The former students said that they were sexually abused by the suspects from the beginning of 1942 to the early 1980s.
"The religious communities involved in the abuse of these children, the Clercs de Saint-Viateur, must own up to what they have done,” said spokesman Carlo Tarini from Victims of Priests Association of Quebec.The religious organization has given a statement saying it regrets all acts of abuse, if they took place. This lawsuit is one of the biggest cases of sexual misconduct against children in Canada. The protesters at the rally said they would like a rapid settlement of the lawsuit. CAH/SZH