January 01, 2005

Program works to prevent abuse

Ironwood Daily Globe

MARQUETTE -- Adding educational sessions for children and parents is the next step the Catholic Diocese of Marquette is taking to strengthen its child sexual abuse prevention program.

The two new components of the diocese's three-pronged safe environment program will get under way early next year.

The U.S. Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandated the establishment of safe environment programs. The charter requires dioceses to educate and train children, youth, parents, ministers, educators and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children.

This was the second year the diocese conducted mandatory awareness sessions on child sexual abuse prevention for diocesan, parish and Catholic school employees and volunteers who have regular contact with children.

Posted by kshaw at January 1, 2005 09:52 AM