New England Dioceses Join Sexual Abuse Reporting System

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New England Dioceses Join Sexual Abuse Reporting System

Post by Riddick » 08-16-2019 12:33 AM

Several Roman Catholic dioceses in New England announced Wednesday they were joining an independent system for reporting misconduct or abuse by church leaders.

The system, started this year by the Diocese of Boston, was joined by the Diocese of Manchester in New Hampshire, the Diocese of Burlington in Vermont and the Diocese of Portland in Maine, as well as several dioceses in Massachusetts.

The names are accompanied by resources on the website for survivors and a section for anyone to report church abuse.

“With the controls, we have put in place and continuing vigilance, our diocese’s procedures have created a safer Church in Maine. But there are always opportunities to improve the ways in which we protect against possible abuse in the many forms in which it can arise,” Bishop Robert Deeley, of the Diocese of Portland, said in a statement. “I am pleased that the new, third-party system establishes a clear and independent system way for people to report misconduct by bishops.”

However, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, said there was a “glaring flaw” in the system in that allegations are not made public.

“The Catholic Church has already demonstrated that it cannot be trusted to police itself. By keeping the accusations under wraps, the process does not encourage victims, witnesses and whistleblowers with additional information to come forward,” Melanie Sakoda, the survivor support coordinator for the group, said in an emailed statement. “People are often reluctant to be the first but will step up when they know someone else has come forward. The best place for allegations of sexual abuse is still in the hands of law enforcement.”


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Re: New England Dioceses Join Sexual Abuse Reporting System

Post by Doka » 08-16-2019 10:33 AM

Great Article :D

Keeping tabs on a local level sounds like a good solid plan. When Waiting for the pope and god to do might be a long wait.........
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