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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 9/26/2016
There are far too many cases in which a child is too scared to report abuse, and the adults around him or her do not understand the signs of abuse or too afraid to speak up. Bystanders have more power than they know, especially when it comes to reporting abuse and protecting children. Young adults don’t always have the opportunity or the courage to speak up for themselves, and the adults around them have a duty to help out when they can. For a copy of the VIRTUS® article “Bystander Engagement – Primary Prevention of a Different Sort,” email jvienna@la-archdiocese.org or call 213-637-7227.
El involucramiento de testigos es importante para combatir el abuso infantil
Hay demasiados casos en los que un niño está tan asustado/a para reportar abuso, y los adultos a su alrededor no entienden las señales de abuso o tienen mucho temor de hablar. Los espectadores tienen más poder de lo que ellos mismos creen, especialmente cuando se trata de reportar abuso y proteger a los niños. Los adultos jóvenes no siempre tienen la oportunidad o la valentía de hablar por sí mismos, y los adultos a su alrededor tienen la obligación de ayudar cuando puedan. Para una copia del artículo de VIRTUS® “Bystander Engagement – Primary Prevention of a Different Sort” (Involucramiento de espectadores, prevención primaria de distinto tipo) envíe un correo electrónico a bmelendez@la-archdiocese.org o llame al (213) 637-7508.
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