ST. PAUL, Minn. - Two women are suing the Archdiocese of New Ulm after alleging abuse by a priest when they were children.
Lori Stoltz and Kim Schmit say they were abused by a priest at Saint Mary's Church in Willmar in the 1970s.
The priest has since passed away, but the women are suing the diocese under the state's new child victims act.
"It took years of depression and just shame and everything else trying to figure out what was going on," said Stoltz at a news conference in St. Paul on Monday.
"The diocese should not be shuffling these priests and hiding what they're doing to children just to save face of the church," Schmit added.
The new law eliminates the civil statute of limitations for children who were sexually abused.
Attorney Jeff Anderson is representing the women.
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