At least 550 people filed sex-abuse claims against the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee by Wednesday's deadline in its bankruptcy proceedings - by
far the largest number of claims among the eight Catholic diocesan
bankruptcies in the United States since 2004, and on par with a 2009
Jesuit bankruptcy that covered victims in five states.
victim-survivors and their attorneys called the number "staggering,"
although they contend it still fails to reflect the magnitude of the
Catholic sex-abuse crisis in southeastern Wisconsin. They said some
victims were unwilling to file because they were intimidated by the
process or did not think they could prevail against the church.
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