California Attorney General to Review How Dioceses Report Abuse Allegations

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In a long awaited move, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will review how the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses handled allegations of child sexual abuse.

The Attorney General sent letters to the state’s 12 Catholic dioceses on Thursday. In the letter, Becerra said his office will review whether the archdiocese adequately reported allegations of sexual misconduct as required by state law. Becerra asked the dioceses to preserve all records relating to child sexual abuse, including those in “secret archives.”

Joey Piscitelli, from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), welcomes the Attorney General’s action. He says asking the diocese to self-report, which has been the protocol until now, hasn’t been working.

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