RELIGION

2 accusers, including ex-cheerleader, ask pope to investigate handling of sex abuse claims

Vanessa DeRosa, left, and Antonio Flores, right, along with their attorney Diane Tiveron, center, discuss their request for Pope Francis to investigate the way the Diocese of Buffalo has handled complaints of sexual abuse, during a news conference in Tiveron's office in Amherst, N.Y., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.  DeRosa and Flores say they were victimized as teenagers by employees of the diocese, which had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

Vanessa DeRosa, left, and Antonio Flores, right, along with their attorney Diane Tiveron, center, discuss their request for Pope Francis to investigate the way the Diocese of Buffalo has handled complaints of sexual abuse, during a news conference in Tiveron's office in Amherst, N.Y., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. DeRosa and Flores say they were victimized as teenagers by employees of the diocese, which had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

A woman who says she was groped by a teacher when she was a Catholic school cheerleader and a man who says a priest abused him beginning when he was 10 are asking Pope Francis to investigate the way a western New York diocese handled their complaints.

The accusers say Diocese of Buffalo employees abused them. They say the state's statute of limitations prevents them from filing legal complaints but they want the investigation to uncover other potential cases.

Vanessa DeRosa says she was abused in middle school in 2002, when she was 12 or 13. Antonio Flores says a priest abused him for years beginning around 1973. They discussed the cases during a press conference Tuesday.

Buffalo's bishop says the cases were handled in accordance with diocesan policies.

No one answered the Vatican press office phone after hours.