6 new sex abuse lawsuits filed against Seattle Archdiocese

SEATTLE (AP) — Six new child sex abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Seattle Archdiocese.

The Seattle attorneys who filed the lawsuits say more abuse survivors came forward after the Catholic church released the names of 77 people against which credible allegations have been made.

They allege they were abused at various parishes and schools across the Seattle Archdiocese from the late 1950s to the late 1980s. In each lawsuit, they claim the Archdiocese knew or should have known that the abuse posed a danger to children, but did not protect them.

In January of this year, the Seattle Archdiocese identified each of the six priests identified in the complaints as being the subject of "credible" sexual abuse allegations involving children.

Each of the plaintiffs filed their claims under pseudonym to protect their identity because they allege they were sexually abused as children: