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Support Groups Hope for Investigation into Clergy Abuse


Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul could be launching an investigation into sexual abuse in Wisconsin Catholic Churches.

Support groups are hoping to see that happen.

Kaul planned to meet with Catholic leaders in the five dioceses on Monday.

Those dioceses are located in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse and Superior.

In January 2020 the Diocese of La Crosse released a list of 25 clergy that were accused of child sex abuse.

Officials with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) hope an investigation will help those that have been affected.

"So I believe that it is an opportunity for victims to come forth in a safe environment and to begin their healing process," said Mike McDonnell, Communications Manager for SNAP.

In a statement, the Diocese of La Crosse said, "We will continue to pray for abuse survivors, assist in the healing process, and protect against future abuse."

Wisconsin's Department of Justice says Attorney General Kaul will be making an announcement regarding sexual abuse in Wisconsin Tuesday morning at 11 a.m.

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