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Survivors Of Diocese Of Helena Sexual Abuse Speak Out

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The survivors of the sexual abuse involving priests and nuns with the Diocese of Helena are speaking out to prevent this from happening in the future.

"They can't ever give enough money for this, but for making them come out and say the name of those pervert SOB's is good," said survivor, Garry Salois.

Tamaki Law, which represents 95 of the survivors, held a press conference on Friday in Missoula, where four victims spoke out about their experiences. Some were sexually abused, while others say the were beaten and raped by nuns and priests, at ages ranging from 5-years-old to about 8-years-old. The abuse happened at churches and boarding schools around the state.

In addition to the lawsuit, the Diocese of Helena must publicly apologize to the survivors. Other non-monetary terms of the settlement include providing counseling for abuse victims, and creating policies and procedures to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy members.

"The settlement here is for these people standing next to me. These are the people who have lived in silence for 50 or 60 years based on what's happened to them," said Blaine Tamaki, with Tamaki Law.

Once the settlement goes through, the victims will receive their money in late spring or early summer. Each case of abuse will be analyzed to determine how much each survivor receives.

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