TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- In the months since the Kansas Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation into sexual misconduct by members of the Catholic clergy in February, more than 100 allegations have poured in.
Investigators have launched 74 investigations across 33 Kansas counties already in response to the 119 reports of past sexual abuse, the KBI announced Tuesday morning.
Earlier this year, six special agents were assigned to look into suspected abuse in the state. They were tasked with investigating all reports of clergy abuse from the public, including any that may have been previously reported. The KBI expects their investigations to go for a long time.
The investigation was launched at the request of Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
The KBI notes the abuse could have been by any member of the clergy, including church employees, volunteers, or anyone in positions of authority.
Anyone who was a victim of sexual abuse or knows someone who was, no matter how long ago it happened, is asked to report by phone at 1-800-KS-CRIME or by email to ClergyAbuse@kbi.ks.gov. Se les pide a las víctimas que reportan todo incidente de abuso sexual que involucre a un miembro del clero, sin importar hace cuánto tiempo ocurrió el incidente, incluso si se ha reportado previamente a las autoridades policiales o a la iglesia. Si llama al 1-800-572-7463, pero no habla inglés, por favor permanezca en la línea hasta que se pueda contactar a un intérprete para assistir.