Milwaukee archdiocese to release sex abuse files

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Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 5:33 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Archdiocese says documents related to ongoing sexual abuse lawsuits will be released by July 1.

The archdiocese said Wednesday it will post about 3,000 pages of documents on its website. It says it's not posting them immediately because it wants to ensure victims' names are not included.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski (top-CHES'-kee) says one goal in releasing the documents is to help the hundreds of sexual abuse survivors heal.

The documents contain depositions from top archdiocese officials and content from priest personnel files. Victims' advocates have been seeking the documents' release for several years.

In an email to church officials, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki says he hopes the documents' release will bring comfort to the abuse survivors.

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