‘Apologies and Remedial Mismatches’

“While the context is admittedly horrific – victims of sexual abuse and the Catholic Church – data from the Netherlands, which in 2011 implemented a victim-friendly procedure for victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church, provide truly unique insights into ‘whether and how nonmonetary needs can be addressed within the context of tort law and compensation funds, as the decisions include information on why victims initiated the procedure and what types of relief (eg, an apology, recognition of their suffering, an acknowledgment) they obtained’. Facilitating research is that decisions in all such cases are published …” (more)

[Michael Heise, Empirical Legal Studies, 12 March]

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