Illinois — As another response to the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has established a clergy abuse hotline for people to report any information on allegations of sexual assault and abuse.
Madigan’s office will then refer allegations to the appropriate state’s attorneys.
“I encourage anyone in the state who has any information about any sexually inappropriate behavior involving a member of the clergy or church in Illinois to contact my office,” Madigan said in a news release.
Madigan says that the Clergy Abuse Hotline at 888-414-7678 will be staffed by trained professionals during business hours. Messages with contact information provided will be returned.
People may also send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Madigan says she will refer complaints to state’s attorneys as appropriate.
The clergy abuse hotline follows a Pennsylvania grand jury report which detailed how the Catholic dioceses there systematically hid child abuse by clergy members. The report named seven priests who have connections to Illinois.