“We want to encourage those who have information – no matter how big or how small, no matter how much information you have, no matter how long ago an incident happened, so that we can get the most complete picture possible,” said Kaul. said.
To get the full picture, Kaul is working with five district attorneys on the investigation, including district attorneys for Counties Douglas, Dane, Brown, La Crosse, and Milwaukee.
Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf encouraged victims to share their stories on Monday, even though they believe the statute of limitations may have expired.
“Please know when you contact us – even if you report something a long time ago, your report will be taken seriously and you will be supported if you submit this report,” said Fruehauf.
The Diocese Superior said in a statement that it was aware of no new reports or allegations against anyone in the diocese.
“The Diocese recognizes that some cases have been mishandled in the past and we continue to pray for the healing of the victims and their families. That’s not said today’s church diocese.
In addition, the dioceses announced that they have hired a company to review the clergy’s files by independent third parties and plan to keep lines of communication open with the prosecutor during the investigation.
“We have communicated with the attorney general and our local district attorney and promised to keep the lines of communication open,” the diocese said.
Ultimately, Kaul said the goal is to achieve closure and accountability. He shared his hopes.
“I hope that dioceses and orders see this as an opportunity to finally fully address this issue nationwide with an independent review so that people’s concerns can be addressed,” said Kaul.
Victims are encouraged to contact https://supportsurvivors.widoj.gov/ or by calling 1-877-222-2620.