Sexual abuse hotline is shut

BERLIN: Germany's Roman Catholic Church has shut a hotline for victims of sexual abuse by priests because demand for it has dropped.

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The bishop overseeing the project said the abuse scandal peaked in 2010.

Hotline director Andreas Zimmer said his service was flooded with calls when it opened in March 2010, but they soon fell off and only about a dozen a month were made in the second half of 2012.

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