PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Dozens of Roman Catholic clergy members have been accused of sexual abuse, and on Wednesday, their names were revealed.
Several of the listed in the book have died, or their whereabouts are unknown. The event held on Wednesday was meant to, in part, apply pressure to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix into being more transparent.
The list may be called a "Book of Shame", with pictures of dozens of priests and deacons who have worked in the Diocese of Phoenix at one time, but were accused of sexual conduct with a minor, or removed due to the same accusations.
"We look at each of these names a hundred names. We can see 10, 20, a hundred children abused by each one of those. That means so many people are being harmed," said Tim Lennon with the Survivor's Network. "As long as this information is buried, then our communities are not safe."
The Anderson Report, along with the event on Wednesday, was organized by Phoenix attorney Jeff Anderson. Speakers at Wednesday's event all pointed to Arizona's new law that was passed in May, which extended the amount of time victims have to take civil action against perpetrators of child abuse from two years to 12 years, and allowing victims to pursue justice up to the age of 30.
"A new law that gives survivors an opportunity and a chance to expose offenders, and those that chose to protect them," said Anderson.
"We know that children will disclose sexual abuse when they feel it's safe," said attorney Bob Pastor. "This legislation creates an environment where survivors know and will feel like they are safe, and we are here to stand with you and say you are."
In a statement issued prior to the event, officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix said:
"We are aware of the press conference scheduled for today that will provide survivors of sexual abuse the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the evil actions that have caused them and their loved ones deep suffering. We share in their anguish and anger. We pray that today serves as another step along their journey to healing.
Sexual abuse is a tragedy against the dignity of the person. We will continue our commitment to protect the vulnerable among us, bring healing to the wounded, and keep our church safe and centered on Jesus Christ.
We encourage anyone who has been a victim of abuse to call a local law enforcement agency.
For additional information about support services for those who have been abused, please contact the office of child and youth protection at (602) 354-2396."
Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix - Child and Youth Protection