Resources

These resources have been compiled for your reference and do not denote C4C endorsement.

GRAND JURY REPORT 2011


GRAND JURY REPORT 2005 (The original is archived and no longer available via the District Attorney’s site. BishopAccountability.org has broken it down. Please click here to read.)

FOR VICTIMS:

Here is the information you need to calculate if you can currently proceed with either a civil or criminal child sex abuse case in PA. It’s completely confusing, but the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape does a great job of explaining the law.

Civil SOL

Criminal SOL

Philadelphia Victims: If you or someone you know has been a victim, please contact the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office at 215-686-8783 or email da.victimservices@phila.gov.

Montgomery County Victims: Contact Info Here.


SNAP – Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

This organization offers victim support, information and advocacy.

Road to Recovery

Offers compassionate counseling and referral services to survivors of clergy sexual abuse, founded by two priest advocates – one of whom is a survivor himself.

Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by actress Mariska Hargitay, helps to heal, educate and empower suvivors of sexual assualt, domestic violence and child abuse and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.

Shatter Our Silence Worldwide

This Web site is published from London by two sex abuse survivors who  hope to create greater public awareness.

Off My Knees, a Blog by Michael Baumann

A sex abuse survivor’s perspective on standing up for himself and other victims.

The Maria Goretti Network for survivors

FOR AWARENESS & ADVOCACY:

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office: Grand Jury Reports

John Jay Report on Clergy Sex Abuse 2011

Find your own state legislator here.

Voice of the Faithful – Keep the Faith; Change the Church

Voice of the Faithful is a lay organization of faithful Catholics, who organized in 2002 as a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. They started in the basement of a church in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and have since expanded worldwide with more than 30,000 members.

Abolish Sex Abuse Now! Justice. Truth. Accountability.

This is a non-profit organization working to help enact laws and protect children.

Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by actress Mariska Hargitay, helps to heal, educate and empower suvivors of sexual assualt, domestic violence and child abuse and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.

CatholicNetwork.us

A Web site where the current and emerging Church is discussed.

BishopAccountability.org

Documents the Abuse Crisis in the Roman Catholic Church.

Catholica.com  – A site based in Australia that offers a different way of looking at faith and spirituality.


“Love In Action: A Direct Action Handbook for Catholics Using Gospel Nonviolence to Reform and Renew the Church,” by Richard K. Taylor. Available for $12.95 at Amazon. Click to purchase.

FOR CATHOLIC CHURCH NEWS:

Whispers In the Loggia

One of global Catholicism’s most prominent chroniclers, Rocco Palmo has held court as the “Church Whisperer” since 2004. A former US correspondent for the London-based international Catholic weekly The Tablet, Palmo’s served as a church analyst for The New York Times, Associated Press, BBC, NBC, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and a host of other print and broadcast outlets worldwide. A native of Philadelphia, Rocco Palmo attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. (Publisher’s note:  fantastic coverage and reporting.)

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8 Responses to “Resources”

  1. It was a pleasure to hear you speak the other night at Arboreau. I was sorry you had to leave before we had a chance to talk. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know. Sincerely, Dan Monahan

  2. With all due respect, I do not want to read explicit details of child abuse by priests. I have read enough. I feel that putting that much detail forward is somewhat abusive to readers, The sordid details of abuse need not be repeated; a link to actual documents is preferable to me.

    I believe that the sickness that causes men or women to abuse children criminally is something that needs to be dealt with by civil authorities who have been contacted by church authorities or parents, guardians, or teachers. While it is important that we know the extent of this abuse, it is not important that we know it scene by horrible scene.

  3. I read the Grand Jury Report and there were times I had to stop because I was shaking and extremely upset. This is testimony of what those young boys lived…. yes, it is upsetting, and it very well should be. Maybe if more catholics dared to read this, they would certainly know why the church must change when it comes to protecting our children. If it is too upsetting to read, just imagine what the victims feel like having to have lived it. Although I no longer practice the Catholic faith, (simply because of the Church’s attitude toward this abuse) I am relieved to find out that there are so many others out there who want answers and if it is uncomfortable for us to simply read what these so called “priests” did to innocent children, then it is about time that we become that upset enough to demand a change.

  4. Dear Susan-
    Thank you for this website. I love my faith but often question our Church in their management of these issues. One word often comes to mind…hypocrisy. We are required to make a full and honest confession to seek forgiveness but where is their full and honest confession..ever? My husband and I were married at St Francis in Springfield and some of his family are still Parishioners. If I understand the news reports, this Pastor pled guilty in September. Does that mean he has been in ministry all of this time? Masses, Sacraments, confessions…? And since I am missing one of the fruitless classes the Archdiocese bullies parent/volunteers into taking, I am not allowed in my son’s school or able to volunteer in any capacity!! This behavior is the very height of audacity and certainly not what Jesus would want. We deserve so much better from Church leaders. Things must change. keep up the great work! All the best, Bernadette Clay

  5. The Road to Recovery site does not appear current.

    May I also suggest a mental health support site: Psych Central. It has excellent resources about abuse, depression etc. and forums for communication with others. A page of resources is listed here: http://psychcentral.com/resources/Abuse/Support_Groups/

    • Susan and Kathy…..your RESOURCES link, noted above, was, I think critical to C4C. I wish it listed, specifically, the 2011 Grand Jury recommendations, as well.

      For those who have been sexually abused, the two Grand Jury Reports are not ‘news’. For the rest of us, they are!!!

      When I first read the actual reports of abuse, they made me sick. And they made me very very angry. AND they made me quite determined to see what I could do to help victims.

      It is no accident that actual abuse reports were bundled up and sent to PA legislators.

      They should probably be bundled up and passed out even more widely.

      Until folks really ‘get it’ …..just what victims experienced, just how the church in Philly handled it…..change is not apt to occur.

      Highest thanks to both Susan and Kathy for this very very tough, but necessary data.

  6. Just recently, I was in the presence of a catholic priest and a spiritual director/psychologist. We were involved in a conversation about our past and present involvement in trying to continue to reform the catholic church since this upheaval re the priest pedophile scandal. All three of us agreed, it was uncanny, that we would no longer spend any more time or energy trying to reform the catholic church, but we agreed to move forward in the direction of our spirituality in the manner of our everyday relationships with family, neighbors, strangers, etc. “As long as you did it to the least of my family, you did it to me.”

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