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Pennsylvania’s Grand Jury Report: Widespread sexual abuse among Catholic dioceses
Aug 20, 2018 at 01:29 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • Last Tuesday, August 14th, a Pennsylvania grand jury issued an 884-page report detailing rampant child sexual abuse connected to the Catholic Church in the state, dating back to 1940.
  • According to the report, the members of the grand jury found that there were over 1,000 identifiable cases of children who were of victims of sex abuse by over 300 Catholic priests.
  • The grand jury report was the result of an investigation spanning more than two years, the broadest examination yet into child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The scope of the investigation included six out of Pennsylvania’s eight Catholic dioceses.
  • The report included horrific details pertaining to different cases of sexual abuse, as well as the intentional concealment efforts and cover ups made by “church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all.”
  • Addressing the inability to file criminal charges against more than two of the priests, the members of the jury wrote: “We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated.”
  • The grand jury provided a list of recommendations to the Pennsylvania legislature, including: eliminating the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in the state, expanding the window for civil suits, strengthening mandatory reporting laws, and changes for non-disclosure agreements in respect to law enforcement.

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