The United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops: Office of Child and Youth Protection offer many resources to dioceses for implementing ‘safe environment’ programs and for the training and development of diocesan personnel responsible for child and youth protection programs.
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.
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To ensure that each diocese in the United States of America will have procedures in place to respond promptly to all allegations of sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican promulgated these norms (rules of Canon Law) for diocesan policies dealing with allegations of sexual abuse of minors by diocesan and religious priests or deacons. The norms also apply to Eastern eparchies.
Click to download the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Deacons.
The study undertaken by John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2003, The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was initiated by the National Review Board and the Office of Child and Youth Protection. John Jay
College compiled a team of interdisciplinary researchers to conduct this descriptive
study, the results of which were released in February 2004 during a live telecast at the
National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Click to download the complete John Jay Study.
What has the Catholic Church done to effectively respond
to sexual abuse by church personnel?
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