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Former Head of Abuse Survivors Group Says Pennsylvania Findings 'Not Surprising'

August 17, 2018 - 7:35 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Reaction is still coming in to the massive Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania that found more than a thousand children had been sexually abused by more than 300 priests in the state since the 1940s.

“It’s a devastating report," says St. Louisian David Clohessy, the former national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. “On another level though, no one should be shocked by this, because these very same conclusions and findings have happened in a dozen jurisdictions around the country."

The Vatican expresses shame and sorrow in the wake of the report, saying Pope Francis wants the victims to know he is on their side.