SCRANTON, Pa., Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Adam Horowitz, a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, announces the launch of a new database of clergy and lay employees accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Scranton. The database, which includes 79 priests, 1 nun, and 5 lay employees as of today, is believed to be the most comprehensive list of accused offenders available.
For the benefit of survivors and journalists alike, Horowitz and his team have painstakingly prepared individual profiles on dozens of accused offenders to consolidate available information about their backgrounds, alleged crimes, and, in the case of offenders who are still alive, their current locations. Many of these profiles include photographs that are not available anywhere else.
The list was compiled using the names identified in the 2018 Grand Jury report, the Diocese of Scranton's list of credibly accused individuals, media reports, and court records.
The database includes priests who belong to religious orders, such as the Jesuits and the Oblates, as well as former employees of Scranton's Catholic schools. For the first time anywhere, victims abused by lay employees such as teachers and coaches will be allowed to recover from a voluntary victim compensation fund created to settle claims of childhood sexual abuse. Likewise, the Diocese of Scranton fund is one of very few funds that will compensate those victimized by religious Order priests. Similar funds in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and across New York State specifically and arbitrarily excluded claims made by anyone abused by non-diocesan priests, nuns, and lay employees.
The Horowitz database is available by clicking here: https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/sex/diocese-of-scranton-database/
Horowitz says the database will be continuously updated as the names of more accused individuals become public. You are encouraged to bookmark the link for easy access to the information in the future.
SOURCE Horowitz Law