The Franciscan Office of Pastoral Outreach for Survivors of Clergy Abuse
The Pastoral Outreach Coordinator, Angelica Jochim, MFT, is available for anyone who needs assistance and support. If you feel you may have been a victim of clergy abuse by a member of the Franciscan order of the Province of St. Barbara, or if you are a family member, schoolmate, parishioner, or anyone else that has been impacted by the abuse, please contact Angelica by phone, mail, or email. All communications are strictly private and confidential.
Victims Assistance Coordinators
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, or individual representing the Catholic Church in a diocese or eparchy in the United States, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has mandated that all Catholic dioceses and eparchies must establish an office of victim outreach staffed by a qualified and trained Victim Assistance Coordinator (VAC).
A VAC is available to assist those in making a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese/eparchy, in arranging a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative, and for obtaining support for his or her specific needs. Access and review the list of VACs in your area:
Dr. Jaime Romo and Healing the Sexually Abused Heart
Healing the Sexually Abused Heart is a workbook that is addressed primarily to survivors of sexual abuse by religious authority figures. Dr. Jaime Romo, a clergy abuse survivor, is an educator and consultant who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings.
The Faith Trust Institute
Faith Trust Institute is an international, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. They provide communities, congregations and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse.
The Fetzer Institute
The Fetzer Institute develops research and educational programs that explore how love and forgiveness can effect transformation and healing for individuals and communities and are informed by both scientific rigor and spirituality. Their mission is to foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness in the emerging global community.
There are various Catholic organizations that offer assistance and inspiration to clergy abuse survivors who remain Catholic. While such resources are not often useful to most men and women who have been wounded by the Catholic church, SafeNet has had positive experiences with some these groups. As a result of specific requests over the years from survivors, resources of this nature will be listed here when available. Please Note: If you are a clergy abuse survivor who is active in the Catholic church, and/or interested in exploring different healing options that are Catholic in spirit and tone, the following resource(s) may be helpful to you.
The Maria Goretti Network
The Maria Goretti Network is a recovery group grounded in the teachings of the Catholic church that assists all survivors of abuse and their families, clergy or otherwise, "with God's love as witnessed in the life of Saint Maria Goretti."
Her experiences are related on her blog The Dawn Patrol.
Kim Michele Richardson
Kim Michele Richardson spent nine years in the "care" of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in her native Kentucky in the 1960s. That grim experience and her subsequent legal action against the nuns are the subject of her book,
The Unbreakable Child.
BishopAccountability.org is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation founded in 2003. It aims to facilitate the accountability of the U.S. bishops under civil, criminal, and canon law, and to document the debates about root causes and remedies. They take no position on the causes and do not advocate particular remedies. Furthering the accountability of bishops through the posting of a complete public record of the sexual abuse crisis is their sole mission.
Clergy Abuse Tracker
is a daily digest of links to media coverage of clergy abuse hosted by BishopAccountability.org
on its website. It was originally launched in March 2002 by the Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, as a resource for reporters covering the story of sexual abuse in the church, and has since developed a constituency that includes survivors, attorneys, health professionals and church officials, among others.http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/
is a free legal web site that provides a comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, corporate counsel, law students, businesses, and consumers. http://lp.findlaw.com/ LA Law Library
The LA Law Library
web site serves the legal information needs of all of Los Angeles County's citizens, as well as all others interested in accessing the Library's information services.http://www.lalawlibrary.org/California Legislative Information
The California Legislative Information
web site makes information available for those interested in understanding the process of government by which bills are considered and laws enacted by the California State Legislature. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/Noll Associates
Doug Noll is a full time peacemaker and mediator specializing in difficult, complex, and intractable conflicts throughout California. He is an adjunct professor of law and has a Masters Degree in peacemaking and Conflict Studies. He was one of the first to advocate for the practice of restorative mediation and apply it to clergy abuse cases. His firm, Douglas E. Noll and Associates is based in Central California.
Nye, Peabody, Sterling and Hale, LLP
Nye, Peabody, Sterling and Hale
is a civil litigation and appellate law firm serving the central coast of California from its offices located in Santa Barbara, California. The firm represents several survivors of clergy sexual abuse, including those with claims against the Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara. http://nps-law.com/Kiesel, Boucher & Larson, LLP
Kiesel, Boucher & Larson
is a civil litigation law firm representing consumers who have been injured and suffered damages due to the negligence, fraud, unfair business practices or other wrongful conduct of others. The firm represents several survivors of clergy sexual abuse, including those with claims against the Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara. http://www.kbla.com/