Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is encouraging Hoosiers to report clergy abuse.
His office is providing an online form that will enable individuals to report alleged clergy abuse more easily. The form can be found here.
Hill says recent national and international reports of clergy abuse have prompted concerns.
He says, “Hoosiers are understandably worried that this kind of criminal activity might go underreported even here in Indiana. As a result, we have decided to make sure citizens have an available means of reporting any potential abuse so that authorities at all levels of government can pursue justice for victims.”
Forms submitted may be disclosed to law enforcement agencies. Anyone submitting a form may be contacted by an investigator.
“Members of the clergy hold positions of great responsibility. People trust them and look to them for guidance. By providing this service, we help ensure that if ever a religious leader betrays that trust by committing an illegal act of abuse, he or she is more likely to be found out and investigated. Those who violate our laws must be held fully accountable for their actions.”
If you want to report incidents involving minors, you can call the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.
(This story was originally published on March 7, 2019)