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The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young
People begins with an apology from the bishops. "Since 2002, the
Church in the United States has experienced a crisis without precedent in our
times. The sexual abuse of children and young people by some deacons, priests,
and bishops, and the ways in which these crimes and sins were addressed, have
caused enormous pain, anger, and confusion. As bishops, we have acknowledged
our mistakes and our roles in that suffering, and we apologize and take
responsibility again for too often failing victims and the Catholic people in
the past. From the depths of our hearts, we bishops express great sorrow and
profound regret for what the Catholic people have endured." For more information, please see: Page 3 of the Charter Booklet.
Child Abuse Prevention Month - Information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Did You Know...? - 2013 Facts from the Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection (SCYP) about child abuse prevention programs.
Prevent Child Abuse America - Prevent Child Abuse America works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide.
A Canonical Perspective on the Sexual Abuse Crisis - Speech by Sister Euart, a canon law consultant and former associate general secretary of
what is now the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, at a 2007 panel discussion
on issues behind the sexual abuse crisis.
"Promise to Protect/Pledge to Heal"
"Rosary Guide for Healing and Protection"
Letter to Dioceses regarding the intersection of human trafficking and child abuse and neglect from Migration and Refugee Services (MRS)
Take 25 Resources - Includes safety tips, conversation starters, and event planning guides to help communities host local events.
Take 25 For Communities
- Offers a basic description of the Take 25 campaign, its resources,
suggested events as well as directions to the website to register an
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