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At least 300 civil lawsuits charging clerical sex abuse have been filed in 16 states since January. Lawyers say the rush of litigation is truly dramatic for such a brief time, and that several hundred more cases are being informally mediated between dioceses and accusers.

The states with the largest number of lawsuits include:
Kentucky: 122 lawsuits
Massachusetts: 73 lawsuits
New Hampshire: 41 lawsuits

Almost 300 of the nation's more than 46,000 Roman Catholic priests have either been dismissed from their duties or resigned since the scandal began in January.

Source: Associated Press
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Date:Aug 1, 2002
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