How to Make a Complaint of Sexual Abuse or Other Misconduct
Taking the step to report a complaint of sexual abuse or other misconduct by a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of the Archdiocese is not easy. For many people, the strength and courage to make such a report often comes after many years of inner anguish and turmoil. Survivors who have made such reports over the years have sensitized us to the needs of survivors and families especially with regard to making an initial report.
Please note that you may report suspected child abuse to ChildLine, the 24-hour statewide system operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to receive such reports (1-800-932-0313) (toll free). In addition, you are encouraged to report any conduct which could constitute a crime to your local police department.
You may also report sexual abuse or other misconduct by a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of the Archdiocese to the Archdiocese Office of Investigations(1-888-930-9010) (toll free). If you decide to contact the Office of Investigations, be assured that you will be treated with respect and kindness. You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, current address and phone number, name of the accused, dates and location of the abuse or misconduct, and a brief description of the facts.
Please be advised that the Archdiocese is required by law to report suspected child abuse to the Department of Public Welfare’s ChildLine. In addition, it is Archdiocesan policy to immediately refer any conduct which could constitute a crime to law enforcement.
After your report is taken, your information will be forwarded to the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection’s Victim Assistance Program. A Victim Assistance Coordinator will follow up with you to discuss what support and services are available to you. If you would like to speak with a Victim Assistance Coordinator immediately after making your complaint, we will be able to connect you.