In New Jersey, the five Catholic dioceses within the state released a list of nearly 190 clergy members credibly accused of the sexual abuse of children. Throughout the day on Wednesday, the list for each diocese became available starting with a list of about 65 priests, which escalated to about 190. The master list, which dates back to 1940, details the names of the priests, the parishes and schools in which they served, how many counts of alleged abuse, and the number of victims apparently assaulted. It also provides the outcome for the priests in question, including removal from ministry and if the priest is deceased. Many of the remaining clergy members were reported to law enforcement for the crimes, and most of the priests have passed away.
Before the release of lists of abusive priests became public knowledge such as the Pennsylvania grand jury report, survivors of clergy abuse felt that their traumatic experiences were dismissed. They did not receive any type of apology or acknowledgment, and those who committed crimes against them did not become penalized. The lists make it possible for survivors to take back their lives and see that justice may still be sought.
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