New Jersey Hotline For Clergy Sex Abuse Claims Flooded With Calls, Officials Say

September 15, 2018, CBSNewYork2

NEWARK, N.J. — A hotline created to document reports of clergy sex abuse in New Jersey is receiving so many calls that some can’t even get through. The round-the-clock call center opened last week as part of a new investigation by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Fred Marigliano says it took him more than 50 years to speak out about being abused by his priest when he was 11-years-old.

“All I wanted to do was not be raped again,” he told CBS2. “Sometimes I still have nightmares.”

His sobering story was told to a crowd that included Cardinal Joseph Tobin at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Friday. On Saturday, he called it in to Grewal’s office via the hotline that’s been slammed virtually nonstop with calls from  . . .

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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-09-26 14:26:21 -0500
    I live in PA within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. I am a retired clinical psychologist and psychology professor. I have divorced the Church, and i provide clinical consultation voluntarily to 4 men who were repeated sexually assaulted as youngsters. I’ve treated a number of clients who were abused in various ways as children. I find that the trauma inflicted by pedophiles disguised as clergy to be quite complicated by having been perpetrated by Church “priests” and at such tender ages. It is no wonder that survivors bury this trauma as deeply as possible.

    I am convinced that psychotherapy w/ a qualified clinician can reduce some of the horrific pain and distress.
    Rich, MSW

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