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Media Advisory: Public Nuisance Claimed in Six New Lawsuits Filed in Honolulu

Lawsuits Call For Release of Accused Offenders Identities, Claim New “Public Nuisance” Action

Six More Victims Come Forward Under New Law Asking Diocese to Release Names of Accused For Public Safety

“Window for Victims” Closes April 24

(Honolulu, HI) – At a news conference on Wednesday in Honolulu, sexual abuse survivors and their attorneys Mark Gallagher and Jeff Anderson will:

  • Discuss the novel use of nuisance claims to inform and protect the public.
  • Demand the release of a list of clerics who worked in the Diocese of Honolulu with credible accusations of sexual abuse of minors.
  • Show how the diocese has created a “public nuisance” by refusing to disclose to the public the names of clerics accused of sexual abuse. A similar lawsuit has forced numerous dioceses in Minnesota to release 43 names of accused clerics, previously unknown to the public.
  •  Announce six new lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of children by clerics in the Diocese of Honolulu.
  • Urge other victims of abuse, no matter the perpetrator, to come forward before April 24, 2014 deadline

When
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM (HST)

Where
Ala Moana Hotel
Gardenia Room
410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu (808.955.4811)

Who
Mark Gallagher, Jeff Anderson and Survivor and Victims Advocate Joelle Casteix.

Notes
Copies of the complaints and additional information will be available at the news conference and posted to our website.

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