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Survivors of sexual abuse hopeful with new pope

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While Catholics around the world are celebrating the selection of a new pope, a local group of those who've been sexually abused by priests is hoping the new pontiff will usher in a new era of accountability.

Local president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, called 'SNAP', says Pope Francis has a great opportunity to make some changes.

"With Francis we see a guy that's got a tremendous opportunity to do something that his predecessor didn't do anything with and that is to right the wrongs," said Dan Frondorf.

Frondorf says those wrongs include protecting priests guilty of sexual abuse.

"I think the most important thing he can do right away is hold some people accountable. A number of the men who selected him that were in that room who selected him to be pope quite frankly have blood on their hands, and he has the ability now to discipline them to remove them from their positions," said Frondorf.

Frondorf believes that would send a strong message to victims of sexual abuse, and to the Catholic community as a whole.  He feels the selection of the name 'Francis' gives him reason for hope.

"I hope that his choice of name reflects his attitude towards those who have been left behind or those who are hurting."

A lot will be expected of the new pope, but many are betting he has the wisdom and strength to be an effective leader.

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