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Nearly 99% of church abuse victims vote in favor of settlement

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Wednesday morning a bankruptcy judge approved a multi-million dollar settlement between the Catholic Diocese in Helena and more than 300 people who say they were abused by the diocese clergymen. Wednesday morning a bankruptcy judge approved a multi-million dollar settlement between the Catholic Diocese in Helena and more than 300 people who say they were abused by the diocese clergymen.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

A lawsuit that started three and a half years ago in Helena, Montana ended today in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Wednesday morning, a bankruptcy judge approved a multi-million dollar settlement between the Catholic Diocese in Helena and more than 300 people who say they were abused by the diocese clergymen.

The dates of abuse range from the 1930s to the 1970s. Nearly 99 percent of abuse victims voted in favor of the settlement. Dennis Braulick of Coeur d'Alene is a member of the other one percent.

"I voted no towards any of this because it's not about the money," says Braulick.

Braulick says in the 1960s both he and his sister were physically and sexually abused by diocese clergymen. "You were their personal whipping boys," Braulick says.

Even those who voted in favor of the settlement say the money is second to the abuse they suffered. Braulick, however, says for him money was never an option. He would rather there be criminal charges filed against those who abused he, his sister and hundreds of others.

"We're really not putting a punishment behind this, we're putting a dollar figure on this," says Bralick.

A spokesman with the diocese of Helena told KHQ, clergymen linked directly to claims of abuse have either passed away or are in assisted living homes.

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