New Jersey Real Time News: N.J. hotline to report priest sex abuse overwhelmed by number of callers

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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. https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/09/a_lot_of_people_have_something_to_say_about_sex_ab.html

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Boston Globe: Retired N.J. priest says his complaints were dismissed by Boston Archdiocese

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Retired N.J. priest says his complaints were dismissed by Boston Archdiocese By Brian MacQuarrie GLOBE STAFF SEPTEMBER 08, 2018 A retired Roman Catholic monsignor says that his efforts to report accusations of clergy sexual misconduct to Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley were rebuffed by the prelate’s secretary, the second reported instance of such allegations running into a dead end in the cardinal’s office. Monsignor Kenneth Lasch of Pompton Plains, N.J., told the Globe that the Rev. Robert Kickham, the cardinal’s secretary, “dismissed” his written concerns in January that a current priest in the Diocese of Paterson, N.J., allegedly had seduced an 18-year-old man from Lasch’s parish in the mid-1980s. “The first letter I received back from Father Kickham was dismissive,” said Lasch, who has advocated for victims of clerical sexual abuse for more than 30 years. “I think the secretary should have made an appointment for me with the cardinal.” https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/08/retired-priest-says-his-complaints-were-dismissed-boston-archdiocese/TvHKhwpVj6yVrC6eUkfZlJ/story.html