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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 2/20/2017

​It may be difficult to understand why an abuse victim does not come forward immediately to report an assault. For those who have suffered sexual assault or abuse, denial can be a powerful defense mechanism, one that allows them to cope with the trauma and its aftermath. Often, an abuser is someone the victim knows and trusts, which makes it even harder to understand why the abuse is happening, and harder to come forward and ask for help and protection. For a copy of the VIRTUS© article “The Many Faces of Denial, Part 2” email:
jvienna@la-archdiocese.org or call (213) 637-7227.


La negación como mecanismo de defensa

Puede ser difícil entender por qué una víctima de abuso no se presenta inmediatamente para reportar un asalto. Para aquellos que han sufrido asalto o abuso sexual, la negación puede ser un poderoso mecanismo de defensa, que les permita hacer frente al trauma y sus secuelas. A menudo, un abusador es alguien que la víctima conoce y en la que confía, lo que hace aún más difícil entender por qué el abuso está sucediendo, y más difícil de presentar y pedir ayuda y protección. Para obtener una copia del artículo de VIRTUS © “The Many Faces of Denial, Part 2” (Las muchas caras de la negación, parte 2), envíe un correo electrónico a bmelendez@la-archdiocese.org o llame al (213) 637-7508.

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