Philly archdiocese names new victim advocate

June 9, 2011 10:25:10 AM PDT
A former victim advocate in the Philadelphia district attorney's office is heading a similar office for the city's embattled Catholic diocese.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia named Leslie Davila the director of its Office for Child and Youth Protection on Thursday.

A grand jury report released in February charged two priests and an ex-priest with rape and a monsignor with endangering children by transferring dangerous priests to new posts.

Church officials suspended about two dozen other priests in the wake of the grand jury report.

The archdiocese says Davila will be in charge of aiding victims and providing oversight in the prevention of future abuse.

Davila says she will be a "vocal advocate" for victims of sexual abuse.

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