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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 12/5/2016
Many children play hard, and can suffer bruises or injuries as a result. With some injuries, it’s hard to tell whether they are a result of too much roughhousing or abusive treatment. Follow this guideline to assess a child’s bruising. Most accidental bruises are in common locations – knees, elbows, and foreheads. In contrast, bruises on a child’s neck or back could indicate potential mistreatment or abuse. Although kids should be allowed to explore and learn their limits, suspicious bruises are warning signs that should not be ignored. For the full VIRTUS® article “Accidental vs. Suspicious Bruising,” email jvienna@la-archdiocese.org or call
213-637-7227.
Esté consciente de la diferencia entre moretones accidentales y sospechosos
Muchos niños juegan pesado, y como resultado pueden sufrir moretones o heridas. Con algunas heridas, es difícil decir si son el resultado de un comportamiento escandaloso o de un tratamiento abusivo. Siga esta guía para evaluar los moretones de un niño. La mayoría de los moretones accidentales suceden en lugares comunes del cuerpo, como rodillas, codos y frente. En contraste, los moretones en el cuello o espalda del niño podrían indicar potencial maltrato o abuso. Aunque a los niños se les debe permitir explorar y aprender sus límites, los moretones sospechosos son una señal de que estos no deben ser ignorados. Para leer el artículo completo de VIRTUS® “Accidental vs. Suspicious Bruising” (Moretones accidentales vs. sospechosos) envíe un correo electrónico a bmelendez@la-archdiocese.org o llame al (213) 637-7508.
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