Number of Calls To AG Shapiro's Clergy Abuse Hotline Now Over 800

The hotline has been active for two weeks

Larry Richert and John Shumway
August 29, 2018 - 9:43 am
AG Josh Shapiro

Office of the Attorney General



PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The number of people who say they are victims of clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania is going up.

Since the release of a grand jury report on sex assaults in the Catholic Church, hundreds of calls have come in to a hotline set up by Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

He tells the KDKA Radio Morning News the number of calls they have received is astounding.

”As of Late last night, we broke 800 calls to that line in just the two weeks since that report was released.

Shapiro adds to put that number in perspective a hotline that was set up after the Altoona-Johnstown report that was released 2016 received “barely broke 300 calls.”

Shapiro says they listen to the call; determine if the tip should be investigated, adding “this is very much an active and ongoing investigation.”

Shapiro did not say if any of the allegations involve priests still in ministry. On a related matter, Shapiro says he "can't image any lawmaker reading this report... not voting for the grand jury recommendations" which includes allowing victims limited by the statute of limitations to file civil suits.

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