PA Clergy Abuse Report Brings A New Wave Of Charges


The recent grand jury report on clergy abuse and cover-ups in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has brought a fresh wave of allegations to the District Attorney’s Office, the archdiocese, attorneys, and victims’ advocates, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “The complaints started the day after the report was announced and has continued to increase every day,” prosecutor Charles Gallagher said last week. “It’s been at least five to 10 a day, and increasing each day.” Gallagher said his office had only begun to assess the validity of the charges and how many might still be prosecutable under the state’s statute of limitations. He declined to say whether any callers had accused priests who were not among the 63 named as abusers in the grand jury report.

The local chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and Other Clergy, the activist group known as SNAP, said 15 victims had contacted its leaders – a “dramatic” number for one week, director Marie Whitehead said. Ten were speaking up for the first time, she said, while others said they had reported their cases to authorities before and were “reaching out for support” from fellow survivors.


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