California Bishops Sued for Covering Up Child Sex Abuse—Los Angeles Press Event Today

Abuse Survivor to Speak Publicly for First Time Today

Jeff Anderson & Associates to Release Report on Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Naming Over 300 Offenders


(Los Angeles, CA) – At a press conference Tuesday, survivors, advocates and Attorneys Jeff Anderson, Mike Finnegan, and Mike Reck will:

  • Announce the filing of a nuisance lawsuit against the California bishops for covering up child sexual abuse including: the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archdiocese of San Francisco; Diocese of Orange; Diocese of San Bernardino; Diocese of San Diego; Diocese of Fresno; Diocese of Sacramento; Diocese of Oakland; Diocese of San Jose; Diocese of Monterey; Diocese of Santa Rosa; and the Archdiocese of Chicago where the perpetrator worked before being sent to California;
  •  Release a 120+ page report on clerical sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles containing information on over 300 clerical offenders and how the Archdiocese allowed over 35 perpetrators to flee the jurisdiction after reports of abuse arose;
  • Demand all California bishops immediately release the names and documented histories on all clerical offenders in each diocese secretly kept in their possession.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM (PST)

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The news conference will be live-streamed on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. The entire report is also available at

Jeff Anderson & Associates have helped thousands of child sexual abuse survivors across the country for over 35 years, including hundreds of survivors in California, find a path to hope, help and healing. We pioneered the use of civil litigation to help survivors of clerical sexual abuse and help survivors by holding accountable individual offenders and the institutions that may have protected the offenders.

Jeff Anderson & Associates have advocated for survivors’ rights in California for years and represented hundreds of survivors in California when the legislature opened up a retroactive window for survivors to file claims in 2003. Jeff Anderson first sued enablers of child sexual abuse in California as early as 1993 for abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics associated with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of San Bernardino, Diocese of San Diego and the Servite Order. For decades, the attorneys have sued nearly every Catholic diocese and archdiocese in California; various religious organizations; the Boy Scouts of America; America Youth Soccer Organizations; multiple private schools; and numerous other individuals and institutions in California.