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Clergy abuse victims meet on Boston anniversary

Clergy abuse victims gather in Boston for conference on 10th anniversary of scandal exposure By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ' Dozens of clergy sex abuse victims are gathering in Boston to mark a decade since the abuse crisis broke and devastated Roman Catholics and their church nationwide.

The conference this weekend coincides with the 10th anniversary of a Boston Globe story that began a stream of revelations about abusive priests and church leaders who failed to stop them.

An organizer said clergy sex abuse victims make up about two-thirds of the 120 people signed up for the conference at a Boston hotel.

The conference aims to encourage victims to help expose abuse, through such steps as publicly telling their stories.

Another goal is to celebrate progress in helping victims heal and forcing the church to confront abuse ' even though one organizer says there are "many, many miles to go."

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