N.J. hotline to report priest sex abuse overwhelmed by number of callers
Updated Sep 14; Posted Sep 14
By Ted Sherman
A New Jersey hotline set up to report abuse by priests has had no shortage of callers who have stories of alleged abuse to tell, officials say.
A week after the state Attorney General’s office launched a special task force to investigate allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic dioceses of New Jersey, a dedicated call-in center to allow victims to speak with investigators has been all but overwhelmed.
“The hotline has been receiving a high volume of calls — such that additional staff was assigned to receive calls — and some of the calls are reporting multiple victims of abuse,” acknowledged Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the Division of Criminal Justice.