• Brother Rice High School Sex Abuse Survivors

    On April 28,2011, certain asset-holding entities associated with the Christian Brothers of Ireland filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    According to court documents, these entities filed for bankruptcy because they were named “in numerous sexual abuse lawsuits,” and they want the bankruptcy court to decide how their assets should be divided among their creditors. This includes people who were sexually abused as a result of the Christian Brothers being involved with Brother Rice High School.  This website is for survivors of abuse.

    Brother Rice High School Sex Abuse Survivors

Upcoming Deadline to File Claims

The deadline for survivors of sexual abuse to file a claim and protect their rights is August 1, 2012.  The deadline for other claims, including physical abuse, is May 11, 2012.

Christian Brother Edward Courtney at Brother Rice High School

In 1960, the Christian Brothers sent Edward Courtney to Brother Rice High School after they learned that he had abused students at Sacred Heart in New York.  During the past decade we have gathered many documents showing what the Christian Brothers knew about him.  Here is one of the key documents that describes how the Christian Brothers transferred Brother Courtney from school to school, including Brother Rice in Chicago.

“The Change … Is for the Best of All Around…”

After abusing students at Brother Rice, a leader of the Christian Brothers wrote to his colleague and explained they “thought it would be best for Chris Courtney to be changed out of Brother Rice.  Though it may be a bit difficult for him at first to accept the change I believe he will understand that it is for the best of all concerned.”  You can read the entire letter by clicking here.

A Dangerous Mind

In March 1974, after they had removed him from three schools in Illinois and one in Michigan, the Christian Brothers voted that Edward Courtney should have “no contact with Rice, Leo or Laurence in any way, shape or form.  His sole contact man is to be Bernie Rohan, who will keep us informed of his developments.”  View of a copy of their decision regarding Brother Edward Courtney and Brother Rohan by clicking here.

Four years later, that same Brother Rohan recommended Edward Courtney for a teaching certificate in Washington.  He told the authorities in Washington that Courtney “maintained good order in his classes without being harsh or rigid” and “approached the task with a basic fairness and sensitivity to the individual student.”  You can read a complete copy of Brother Rohan’s glowing letter of recommendation for Brother Edward Courtney.

Deadline — Abuse Survivors Must Act Now

The Christian Brothers have obtained a court order that requires abuse survivors from Brother Rice High School to come forward and file their claims by a certain date in the near future.  All claims for sexual abuse must be filed by August 1, 2012, and all other claims must be filed by May 11, 2012.  If an abuse survivor fails to file a claim by the deadline, some or all their claims arising from the abuse may be forever barred.

If you were abused at Brother Rice High School, or by a Christian Brother or someone else associated with Brother Rice High School, the time to act is now.  Please contact us to learn your options and to make sure your rights are protected. Our lawyers filed the claims that put these entities into bankruptcy, we have been actively involved with the bankruptcy process, and we currently represent a number of claimants. You can contact us by clicking here.

We have put together a more comprehensive website that provides additional information about us, about the bankruptcy process, and about some of the schools and Christian Brothers involved with the bankruptcy.