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How to report clergy sexual abuse to top authorities in Pennsylvania

Written by Brandie Kessler, York Daily Record | Oct 6, 2018 10:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Since Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released the findings of a historic grand jury investigation into clergy sexual abuse of children in August, more than 1,200 calls have been made to a hotline his office opened.

The grand jury report revealed more than 300 "predator priests" sexually abused more than a thousand children over the span of decades. The grand jury concluded that there were likely thousands of victims.

When Shapiro presented the grand jury report on Aug. 14, his office opened the hotline, 1-888-538-8541, and began taking calls from those who wish to report abuse by clergy, even if the abuse occurred years or decades ago.

"We will pursue any information or leads concerning child sexual abuse within these Dioceses, wherever it comes from," the attorney general's website indicates, near a map of the eight Catholic dioceses across Pennsylvania.

The Diocese of Harrisburg has had information on how to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities on its website since it released its own list of accused clergy on Aug. 1, two weeks before the grand jury report was released.

But the instruction from the diocese doesn't include calling the attorney general's hotline.

The two steps to report abuse the Harrisburg diocese gives are to call the toll-free ChildLine number, 1-800-932-0313, and then report to the diocesan toll-free hotline, 1-800-626-1608.

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