AG: Clergy Abuse Hotline has received 1,071 calls since grand jury report unveiled

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the Clergy Abuse Hotline received more than 1,000 calls in the month following the release of the grand jury report into child sex abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses.

Shapiro said as of Sept. 14, a month to the day after the release of the grand jury report, the hotline had garnered 1,071 calls. He said his office will return every call, log every fact and contribute to further investigations where appropriate.

"If you have been victimized, it's time to come out of the shadows. Speak up and we'll be there to help," said Shapiro.

In August, Shaprio unveiled what he called the "most comprehensive" report into child sex abuse allegations into the Catholic Church.

The report named more than 300 "predator priests" and more than 1,000 victims at dioceses in Erie, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Scanton, Allentown and Harrisburg.

In the wake of Pennsylvania's report, several other states have launched investigations.

The Clergy Abuse Hotline can be reached at 1-888-538-8541.

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