Nearly 2,000 children sexually abused by Catholic leaders in Illinois

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul provides details on sexual abuse among Catholic clergy in Illinois during a press conference Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Chicago.

A multi-year survey of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Illinois found that at least 1,997 children statewide had been sexually abused.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul released a detailed report on Tuesday detailing decades of child sexual abuse by members of Catholic dioceses in Illinois, which includes Belleville, Chicago, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield.

The nearly 700-page report features detailed accounts of child sexual abuse by Catholic clerics.

More:Names of priests added to Catholic Diocese of Rockford sex abuse list

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