NJ's Roman Catholic dioceses to provide victim names to fund

Victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in New Jersey will soon be able to apply for compensation from a fund representing all five of the state's dioceses.

Details were announced Monday. The administrators of the fund say guidelines will be posted by next week followed by a 30-day public comment period. All the dioceses will be asked to turn over lists of known or alleged victims.

Those compensated will give up their right to sue.

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Administrators said Monday a similar program in New York has paid out more than $210 million to more than 1,100 victims.

Five months ago, New Jersey's attorney general announced a criminal investigation into clergy sexual abuse.

Most Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania are also setting up victim compensation funds.