WATCH: Archbishop Lori Forced to Face the Music as Abuse Survivors Speak Out

One by one, searing memory by searing memory, childhood sexual abuse survivors stood up in court Monday and told their stories directly to Archbishop William E. Lori, the head of the institution that ignored them for so long.

“This is a day of liberation for me,” said one of the six survivors who testified.

“I’m going to walk forward, and this is all because of this moment right here,” said the woman, who did not give her name.

The moment came as part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s ongoing bankruptcy case in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michelle M. Harner scheduled a special status conference designed to give survivors a chance to speak.

“Today is a listening session,” Harner said. “An opportunity for individuals to be heard.”

That opportunity was especially important because the archdiocese declared bankruptcy just days before the enactment of the Child Victims Act, a Maryland law designed to allow childhood abuse survivors to sue no matter how long ago they were harmed.

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