CATHOLIC GRAND JURY REPORT: WPXI

On Tuesday, an extensive report from a two-year grand jury investigation into widespread sexual abuse and coverups in the Catholic Church was released. Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a lengthy news conference afterward where he reviewed the findings.

While the grand jury investigation took about 2 years to complete, the history of alleged abuse dates back more than five decades. Because there have already been investigations in the Philadelphia and Johnstown-Altoona dioceses, this grand jury focused on the six other dioceses in Pennsylvania. Below is a list of each diocese and the number of alleged offenders the grand jury heard testimony about.

  • Diocese of Allentown – 37 offenders
  • Diocese of Erie – 41 offenders
  • Diocese of Greensburg – 20 offenders
  • Diocese of Harrisburg – 45 offenders
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh – 99 offenders
  • Diocese of Scranton – 59 offenders

During the grand jury’s investigation, more than 1,000 child sex abuse victims were identified, but there are believed to be many more than that.

Channel 11’s Rick Earle spoke to Johnny Hewko, a catholic church sex abuse survivor from Beaver County who said he’s relieved and vindicated by the report.

“To me, it’s not just predators, it’s a massacre of these kids’ innocence. My innocence,” Hewko said.

We want to make sure you know where to reach out if you are a survivor of abuse.

  • Childline: 1-800-932-0313
  • Pittsburgh Diocese Abuse Hotline: 1-888-808-1235
  • SNAP Support Line: 1-877-762-7432
  • Pa. Attorney General’s Office Hotline: 888-538-8541
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape – 1 866 363 2773

 

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