Grand Jury Report On Sex Abuse Prompts Surge In Calls To Hotlines

Joe DeStio
August 15, 2018 - 4:25 pm



PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Publicity surrounding the statewide grand just report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church has prompted a surge in calls to abuse hotlines.

The clergy abuse hotline operated by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office lit up, according to a tweet from AG Josh Shapiro. More than 150 calls and emails in 24 hours.

Pittsburgh Action Against Rape Executive Director Allison Hall expects an upsurge, but says they won't all happen at once.


“It takes a while for survivors to process what’s happening. They’re inundated with the news at this moment and it can trigger them and then at some point."

She says in the past, when a high-profile sexual assault story is in the news they see an increase in call volume. 

PA Childline also operates a 24 hour statewide system.

The Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese itself has a hotline and has received 8 to 10 calls from new victims about known abusers already named in the report.

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