Tues. 9:30 p.m.: Local protest today to demand probe into Catholic Church sex scandals

YOUNGSTOWN – Victims of abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church have staged a Youngstown protest this afternoon in the hopes of triggering an statewide probe of the Catholic hierarchy by the Ohio Attorney General’s office and “more aggressive” response by local police and prosecutors.

The organization known as Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is calling on the Catholic bishops to post a comprehensive list of alleged predators and update the list frequently.

Today’s protest, set for 1:30 p.m. in front of the Regional Office for the Ohio Attorney General at 20 West Federal Plaza, Youngstown, comes on the heels of a recently released Pennsylvania grand jury report about sex crimes in that state’s Catholic dioceses.

Four of the six dioceses in Ohio, including Youngstown, Cleveland, Columbus and Steubenville, have said they will release names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. The other two dioceses say they already publish this information.

SNAP maintains that at least 143 Ohio Catholic priests have been accused of sex crimes involving children.

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