2 ask pope to investigate their diocese sex abuse complaints

The Jakarta Post

Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press, Amherst, New York | World | Wed, January 28 2015

A woman who says she was groped by a teacher when she was a Catholic school cheerleader and a man who says a priest abused him beginning when he was 10 are asking Pope Francis to investigate the way a diocese handled their sexual-abuse complaints.

They also are seeking a meeting with the pope when he visits the United States in September and a change in state law to suspend or lift the statute of limitations that’s preventing them from taking civil action against the Diocese of Buffalo or its former employees.

“These were horrible cases, and there’s nowhere to go,” the accusers’ attorney, Diane Tiveron, said during a news conference with them on Tuesday.

Vanessa DeRosa said she was repeatedly chased and groped by a teacher in 2002-03, when she was about 12 or 13.

But school officials did not believe her story, she said, and never reported the abuse to police.

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