SEXUAL ASSAULT

Olan Horne.
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A 59-year-old survivor of clergy sex abuse has ended a week-long hunger strike. Olan Horne from Chester, Massachusetts, stopped eating last week as a Vatican summit to prevent abuse began.

Hampden County DA Anthony Gulluni announced a sex abuse hotline at his office after discovering there is a discrepancy between the number of sex abuse cases reported by the Springfield Diocese and the number of reports received by his office.
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The Hampden County district attorney says there's a discrepancy between the number of clergy sex abuse cases the Springfield Diocese has published, and the number the Diocese has referred to the DA's office. 

The now-closed St. Mary's Church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Richard Koske says he was sexually assaulted by a priest in the rectory, at center.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Updated at 3:11 p.m.

The Springfield, Massachusetts, Catholic Diocese has a new protocol for notifying district attorneys of clergy sexual abuse complaints. The change comes after a copy of a report could not be found at a DA's office.

Thursday at the Vatican, Pope Francis stood before some 200 participants in an unprecedented summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and said Catholics are seeking not simply "condemnations" but "concrete, effective measures."

But a crisis that has crossed borders and generations, lacerating the church and shaking the pope's credibility, is standing in the way as he seeks to forge a path ahead.

Never in the history of the Roman Catholic Church has a pope ordered bishops from around the world to come together and consider how many priests abuse children sexually and how many church officials cover for the abusers. The scandal of clergy sex abuse has deep roots in church history, but church leaders have been notoriously reluctant to acknowledge it and deal with the consequences.

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