March 30, 2005

Bishops Launch Survey Asking Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors to Aid Them in Helping Victims, Prevention

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2005)—The U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse has launched a survey of survivors of clergy sexual abuse of minors to get input into improving the church’s response to the problem and its prevention.

The survey will be conducted by Mary A. Lentz, an Ohio-based child abuse prevention consultant. It will be available on-line March 30-May 4 on the website dedicated exclusively to this project,

It will not be possible for anyone to determine the identity of respondents, who also are asked not to identify themselves, their abuser, or the abuser’s diocese or eparchy or religious community. Instructions stress that “Reports of abuse are to be made to law enforcement officials and officials of the diocese/eparchy where the abuse occurred.”

Posted by kshaw at March 30, 2005 05:49 PM