Alleged Victims of Sexual Assault by Priests Hold Rally in LA

NBC 4 [Los Angeles CA]
November 28, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- Alleged victims of sexual assaults by priests are urging those with similar experiences to come forward to pressure the Catholic Church to weed out abusive clergy.

About 40 people attended a demonstration Thursday outside the Cathederal of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles to urge people to come forward.

Francisco Malo spoke at the rally saying the group wants people to come forward so that abuse won't "happen to any other child."

Malo is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed this month by five men against the archdiocese alleging they were molested by a former priest.

After a news conference outside the cathedral the crowd went into the building and gathered around a chapel built in honor of those sexually abused by priests.

Archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg would not comment on current cases but said the church has effective procedures in place to protect children and prevent abuse.

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