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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 sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. It is revised continually to reflect the ongoing commitment of the bishops.
Every April, organizations and communities across the United States, including Catholic parishes and schools, participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
While dioceses work year-round to prevent abuse, during this month, a special emphasis is placed on highlighting the importance of defending the vulnerable from this evil.
Learn how you can participate this April using these resources!
On Child Sexual Abuse
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.
To Learn More About Efforts to Protect Children, Link to Your Diocese/Eparchy
Dioceses/eparchies can voluntarily use these resources to help their parishes assist overseas partners in better protecting children and healing survivors of abuse.
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