April Child Abuse Prevention Month
Every April, we promote Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of protecting minors. We encourage you to participate with us throughout the month. Below are some facts, figures and resources to help you participate in the Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign.
There is no statute of limitations for removing a cleric who has sexual abused a minor from public ministry in the Catholic Church. A cleric against whom there is an established or admitted act of child sexual abuse is permanently removed from the priesthood., regardless of when the abuse occurred.
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All dioceses and eparchies have Victim Assistance Coordinators, assuring that victims of abuse will be heard. In 2016, dioceses and eparchies provided out-reach and support to 250 victims/survivors and their families who came forward to report abuse. Continued support was also provided to 1,510 victims/survivors and their families who reported abuse in prior years.
The Charter calls for annual audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines. Annual Audits have been conducted since 2003. Results of the audits are published online in May for the public.
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The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was established by the USCCB in June 2002. It is a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of abuse of minors. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.
USCCB Promise to Protect Podcast
Prayers of the Faithful and Prayers for Healing
Prayers of the Faithful Child Abuse Prevention Month (.pdf)
Prayers for Healing bilingual (.pdf)