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Advocates expect more victims in CO Catholic Diocese case

Sexual abuse victims and advocates suspect hundreds of other victims will come forward after a report released by the Attorney General’s Office detailed sexual abuse by Catholic priests across Colorado.

The report states 166 people were abused over the course of 70 years.

Joelle Casetix, who successfully sued the California Catholic Diocese and used to live in Denver says, “this report is horrifying. The facts in this report are horrifying.”

“This report is woefully incomplete, all we know is what the church has chosen to tell us,” she explains. “We don’t know who the abusers are because the church won’t tell us.”

Casetix stood with Jenny Stith and Jeb Barrett, both directors of organizations supporting child sex abuse victims.

All three of them are also victims.

Barrett was sexually abused as a minor several times in his life, including a time at a Catholic Church in Montana.

He now works as the SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) director helping others tell their story and provide them with resources they may need.

“They were violated, they were raped, they were fondled, they were shamed into silence,” he says.

The hope from these organizers is that more victims will feel comfortable coming forward, knowing they are among hundreds of others.

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