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 Protecting Our Children

       

Make a report: If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Victims Assistance Ministry at (800) 355-2545 or seek help through one of many agencies.  Click for more info.

 
 
Programs, Support & Information
  • Safeguard the Children: 


    Provides ongoing support, education, training and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children's safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities. (Includes VIRTUS Training)  Learn More.

  • Victims Assistance Ministry:
    Provides victims/survivors of sexual abuse assistance with reporting sexual misconduct, and helps obtain support for the needs of the individual and families. Learn More.

  • Fingerprinting & V.P.I.N:
    All clergy, paid parish/school personnel and volunteers who work regularly in a supervisory role with children or youth must be fingerprinted.  Information on fingerprinting schedule and locations is published monthly. Learn More.

  • Megan's Law and the Archdiocese's "Zero Tolerance Policy":
    The State of California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have adopted rules and policies concerning persons who are registered sex offenders in an effort to enhance the safety of all children and youth.  Learn More.
      
  • Reports, Audit Summaries and Statements
    Includes the 2004 Report to the People of God, USCCB Audit Summaries, and the 2013 release of files of clergy.
        

"Did you Know" Articles:   Are also emailed to Parishes via the ACES accounts.
Did You Know?
Published 7/25/2016
A study on online victimization found that approximately one in five children receive sexual solicitation from a stranger over the internet. Given today’s reliance on online contact, imagine how much that number has grown over the last several years. Children who use the internet cannot be totally safe from dangers, because the internet is open to all, but parents should monitor activity and sites visited to ensure that their kids aren’t being contacted by predators. Talk to your child about internet safety and appropriate vs. inappropriate communication. For a copy of the VIRTUS® article “An Overview of ‘Online’ Problems and Risks,” email jvienna@la-archdiocese.org or call (213) 637-7227.
Los padres de familia deben ser cautelosos con solicitudes en línea
Un estudio sobre victimización en línea encontró que aproximadamente uno de cada cinco niños recibe solicitudes sexuales de un extraño a través de Internet. Dada la dependencia actual en contactos en línea, imagínese cuánto ha crecido esa cantidad de solicitudes en los últimos años. Los niños que usan Internet no pueden estar totalmente seguros ante algunos peligros, porque la Internet está abierta para todos, pero los padres de familia deben monitorear la actividad y los sitios visitados por sus hijos para asegurar que ellos no sean contactados por depredadores. Platique con su hijo/hija sobre la seguridad en Internet y la comunicación apropiada versus la inapropiada. Para una copia del artículo de VIRTUS® “An Overview of ‘Online’ Problems and Risks” (Un resumen de los problemas y riesgos ‘en línea’), escriba a bmelendez@la-archdiocese.org o llame al (213) 637-7508.
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