Attorney General Chris Carr’s announcement makes Georgia the 20th state to launch an investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
Georgia joins a growing list of states actively soliciting new allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church.
Channel 2 Action News has learned a new investigation has been launched to uncover allegations of child sexual abuse by priests or other leaders in the church.
“Abuse by any adult of any child is unacceptable,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said.
Carr said he’s spent the last several months spearheading efforts to launch the statewide investigation.
“So long as the Church is open and transparent, it will say to victims, ‘We appreciate you, your story matters, you have people that have your back,’ and I think it will ultimately lead to healing,” Carr said.
Leaders at the archdiocese, Carr’s office and the state agency tapped to run the investigation have already agreed to how the process will work.
Carr explained the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia will run the investigation and confirmed both the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah are on board.
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