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Illinois Clergy Sexual Abuse Report Containing 395 Perpetrator Names To Be Released At News Conference Today In Chicago

3/20/2019 9:30:00 AM
Nearly 400 Catholic Clergy From All 6 Illinois Dioceses
Accused of Sexual Misconduct

The Anderson Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse in Illinois
*Note: An earlier version of the report, posted on 3/20/19, contained an incorrect image of Fr. Chester Gaiter. The updated version corrects this error.

WHAT: At a news conference on Today in Chicago, survivors, advocates and the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates will:

•    Release a 185-page report on clergy sexual abuse in Illinois containing background information, photographs and assignment histories of 395 Catholic clergy and laypersons accused of sexual misconduct. The perpetrators in the report worked or continue to work in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford and Springfield.
•    Continue a statewide initiative, “Fight for 500,” which seeks to uncover the identities and information about the more than 500 alleged predator priests the Illinois Attorney General reported are being hidden by Illinois Bishops.
•    Demand that all the Illinois Catholic Bishops come clean by disclosing the identities of all clergy and laypersons accused of sexually abusing minors that have worked or are working in Illinois.
•    Demand the release of the files pertinent to the histories of each perpetrator so the public and law enforcement know who was complicit in concealing this hazard.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST

WHERE:    Marriott Residence Inn Chicago – Downtown/Loop
                   3rd Floor- Daley 1
      11 South LaSalle Street
                   Chicago, IL 60603         

Notes: The news conference will be live-streamed on our website, Facebook at, Twitter @AndersonCause and YouTube

Contact:  Jeff Anderson: Cell: 612.817.8665 Office: 310.357.2425
                  Marc Pearlman: Cell: 773.368.0142 Office: 312.261.4550