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Survivors Of Clergy Sex Abuse File Suit Against Jesuits and Jesuit Schools

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Survivors of clergy sex abuse say they’ve filed a civil law suit against Chicago Province Jesuits and Loyola University and Loyola Academy.

They say they want courts, not the Jesuits, to make abusers’ names public.

One of the plaintiffs, Diane Ruhl, says she has waited too long for the Jesuits to respond.

Ruhl says the religious order uses “delay tactics” instead of directly addressing complaints.

“I’m hoping that it will emphasize to the Jesuits that we are serious about the truth and we are serious about justice, because there is no healing without justice,” says Ruhl.

The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages.

Jesuit spokesperson Jeremy Langford says the religious order abhors any kind of abuse or misconduct.

He says the Jesuits’ Chicago Province has begun child abuse education and prevention training for all members and employees who work with children.

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