5 new lawsuits allege abuse at Joliet Diocese of the Catholic Church

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May 15, 2013 4:58:40 AM PDT
Five new lawsuits have been filed against the Joliet Diocese of the Catholic Church by people who say they were abused by priests and by a non-priest teacher.

The alleged incidents happened in the 1970s and 1980s when the plaintiffs were between the ages of 8 and 16.

All say they suppressed the memories until recently.

The suits claim the diocese knew or should have known what was going on.

A representative of the diocese says there will be no comment because they haven't seen the lawsuits.


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