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Enacted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002, the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People requires:
- Outreach to victims and their families, which can include counseling, spiritual assistance, support groups and social services;
- Prompt response to allegations of abuse, readily available reporting procedures and a review board of majority lay people to advise on assessing allegations of abuse;
- No confidentiality agreement in settlements unless requested by the victim/survivor;
- Mandatory reporting of abuse of minors to law enforcement;
- Removal from the ministry of priests found guilty of sexually abusing a child;
- Openness and transparency with the public about sexual abuse of children, especially in communities that are directly affected;
- Creation and maintenance of “safe environment” programs and clear standards for interactions with minors;
- Criminal background checks for priests and deacons and other employees in contact with minors;
- Cooperation with organizations conducting research on the sexual abuse of minors.
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To report Catholic clergy abuse
Here are the “safe environment” contacts for Wisconsin’s five Catholic dioceses for individuals who have been abused by clergy within that diocese.
Justine Lodl, 920-272-8213, www.gbdioc.org/justine-lodl
Teresa Brown, 608-791-2679
Anna Delaney, 608-821-3133, OSE@madisondiocese.org, Cheryl Splinter, 608-821-3162
Jessica Brandt, 414-758-2232
Kathy Drinkwine, 715-394-0216, email@example.com, Shayla French, 715-394-0225