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Nearly 2,700 call German church abuse hot line

BERLIN (AP) -- A Catholic church spokesman says nearly 2,700 people called the church's sexual abuse hot line in Germany in the first three days it was operating.

The spokesman tells The Associated Press that most callers reported cases of sexual abuse, but there were also reports of physical abuse.

He says most cases date back years, if not decades, but if there are allegations involving a priest currently on duty, the hot line experts would alert the diocese as well as prosecutors.

The church decided to set up a national hot line as abuse allegations mounted because many victims seemed reluctant to report cases to the diocese where they had been abused.

The hot line began operating March 30.

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