WI Attorney General to investigate Clergy child assault

WAOW-TV, Ch. 9 [Wausau WI]

April 25, 2021

By Brittany Slaughter

The Wisconsin Attorney General is launching an investigation into Clergy abuse in Catholic Churches.

Last January the Diocese of Lacrosse released a list of 25 Clergy that were allegedly accused of child sexual abuse. Now, Attorney General Kaul is stepping in to find out just how many Clergy have assaulted children in the past.

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), released a statement saying they are excited to hear of Kaul’s plans. In their release they said they are hoping for an in depth investigation that includes warrants, subpoenas, and a confidential hotline for victims.

AG Kaul is expected to make an official announcement tomorrow but the Diocese of La Crosse released a statement saying:

“The Diocese of Lacrosse is awaiting the details concerning the Attorney General’s inquiry so we might make an informed response. We will continue to pray for abuse survivors, assists in the healing process, and protect against future abuse.”

The Attorney General’s Office encouraged any victims in need of support to contact the Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim services by calling 1-877-222-2620 Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.