The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s compensation fund for victims of childhood sexual abuse has been lauded by many as a step in the right direction for survivors who face long odds when it comes to getting their day in court.

But several attorneys said they are concerned about the fund’s impact on access to justice. They said they believe informational packets sent out to potential claimants about the program have sown confusion among their clients about whether claimants should have legal counsel if they seek compensation through the fund.

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