Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Wisconsin Department of Justice is opening a statewide probe into faith leaders and clergy sex abuse allegations. The investigation announced Tuesday, is being led by State Attorney General Josh Kaul.
He, along with a group of district attorneys and victim advocate groups, will be interviewing abuse survivors and witnesses in the coming months.
Their probe will also include a review of documents from religious orders and dioceses across the state.
Kaul says the agency aims to help victims find healing and stop future cases of abuse.
“We’re conducting this review to get greater accountability and to promote healing for victims. And we’re conducting this review to improve the response to abuse and hopefully to prevent future cases of abuse,” said Kaul.
Clergy abuse survivors or witnesses are being encouraged to report cases online. At supportersurvivors.widoj.gov or by calling 1-877-222-2620.
It’s important to note, the agency is reviewing all cases. Regardless of how long ago they happened.
In a statement, the La Crosse diocese says it will examine the letter of requests from Kaul when it is received and will then assess the statutory authority for the requests.