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Faced with the crisis of child sexual abuse by clerics that dramatically came to light in 2002, the church set up an aggressive safe environment program that is the envy of other organizations that work with children. From the 2013 audit, we can say the Catholic Church in the United States has: 

  • Trained 98% of our nearly two million volunteers, employees, educators, clergy, and candidates in parishes in how to create safe environments and prevent child sexual abuse. 
  • Prepared more than 4.6 million children to recognize abuse and protect themselves. 
  • Ran background checks on more than 97% of our 2 million volunteers and employees, 168,000 educators, 52,970 clerics and 6,400 candidates for ordination.

Essential Documents

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms

Five Principles to Follow Regarding Allegations of Sexual Abuse, Page 82 June 1992

On Child Sexual Abuse

Diocesan Resources

The following are resources dioceses/eparchies may find useful in making the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People part of what we do as Church.

Diocesan Resources
Did You Know...? - 2013 Facts regarding efforts made by the Church to protect children and young adults.
Safe Environment Work Group Report - Safe Environment Training of Children in the Catholic Church
Questions and Answers - Regarding the Canonical Process for the Resolution of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and DeaconsMagisterial
Teachings on Child Sexual Abuse - The basis of the Charter is found in the Magisterial Teachings of the Catholic Church.
Resource Booklet - this resource booklet has been compiled by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection (SCYP) to provide ideas to the dioceses/eparchies on various issues for which suggestions have been requested.
Parent Resources - available through the Diocese of Grand Island website.
Children Safety Information Links

To Learn More About Efforts to Protect Children, Link to Your Diocese/Eparchy

Print Material Resources
"Promise to Protect"

"Promise to Protect" Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse

"So There is No Doubt"

Rosary Guide for Healing and Protection

"Prayer for Survivors"

Charter Implementation Resources

Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources

Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources

Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Resources


History of Church Policy
Responding to Allegations



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