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Victim of sex abuse says church isn`t doing enough to help

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

An alleged victim of priest sexual abuse said even with the release of thousands of documents, detailing what's happened in the Catholic Church over the years the Chicago Archdiocese still isn't doing enough to help it's victims.

That victim filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming the Catholic Church and Cardinal George knew about the abuse and did nothing.

"We got in his car and he said you can get on my lap and we can take a drive but if you make the wrong turn, I'm going to grab you," the victim recalled a priest saying.

But the victim said he thought that "grab" meant his arm or the wheel of the car,

not him. This conversation took place when he was eight-years-old.

"He immediately put his hand down my pants and squeezed my genitals," the victim said.

The victim is listed as "John Doe" in this lawsuit filed Thursday in court with two other victims.

He claims Father Norbert Maday sexually abused him at least a half dozen times more while he was a student at St. Louis de Montfort in the early 1970's.

"He's a priest that's serving God and somebody that you can trust always, like your father, and to violate you and take that trust, it's very devastating," the victim said.

Father Maday was eventually convicted of abusing boys and spent 18 years in prison.

The Chicago Archdiocese gave him money each month.

In a 2002 letter, Cardinal George informed the disgraced priest that the Chicago Archdiocese was asking for his early release from prison..

That letter was included in the thousands of documents released this week from the Catholic Church.

John Doe's attorney, Chris Hurley said the church always knew what was going on and did nothing to help the young victims.

"We see a number of letters of the cardinals expressing their sorrow that the ordeal that Father Maday has gone through, but nothing about what the children went through," said Hurley.

Maday is now out of prison, and is spending his days at a halfway house in Wisconsin, while John Doe said he lives with the pain caused by the former priest and the church every day.

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