The Diocese of St. Augustine treats all allegations of sexual abuse seriously and deals with them in a prompt, confidential and thorough manner. Keep in mind:
- Every person has the right to be treated with the dignity befitting a child of God.
- Every person has the right to have appropriate boundaries respected.
- Every person has the right to challenge any comment or behavior that is perceived to be sexually oriented.
Individuals who have been sexually abused by clergy, religious, seminarians or other church personnel, should contact their local police department or the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-800-96Abuse (2873). Or contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of St. Augustine.
Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator
Help for Victims and their Families
The Diocese of St. Augustine places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, religious, seminarians or other church personnel and volunteers. Be it five, 15, or 50 years later, our diocese accepts and responds to all reports.
Notices of How to Report Abuse for Parishes
As part of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, approved by the U.S. Bishops in 2002, each parish is required to publish notices in their bulletins that explain how and where people can report allegations of sexual child abuse. The notices must be publishing in your parish bulletin once every other month (6 times per year), two weeks consecutively.