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How to Report Suspected Abuse


Anyone who has reason to believe, or might suspect, that a child has been abused,
or is being abused, should report their suspicions first to civil authorities and then
to the Archdiocese via it’s assigned Victim Assistance Coordinator, 
Renee Duffey, PsyD.  Phone (415) 614-5506 or email
Every allegation will be treated seriously and immediate steps taken to protect the
alleged victim(s). These actions will be taken discretely so as to protect the
confidentiality and the rights of both the victim and the alleged abuser.
Investigation following the report should be left to duly appointed professionals.
State law requires people in certain positions to make such reports. These people
are referred to as “Mandatory Reporters”. All other adults, called “Ethical Reporters”
should also report suspected abuse.
Cases of alleged abuse in which the abuser and the victim are of the same household
are to be reported to Child Protective Services (CPS), while cases in which the alleged
victim and the accused do not share a household should be reported to law
enforcement authorities (sheriff’s department or local police).


Child Protective Services
Child Protective Services
Child Protective Services
Sheriff’s Department
Police Department
Sheriff’s Department


All allegations of abuse involving clergy, employees, volunteers, or children attending Catholic schools, parish religious education programs, or other church-related events are also to be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Renee Duffey, PsyD at (415) 614-5506.
A Prayer for Healing

Victims of Abuse God of endless love, Ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just: You gave your only Son over suffering and death. Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, Join to your own suffering The pain of all who have been hurt In body, mind, and spirit By those who betrayed the trust placed in them. Hear our cries as we agonize Over the harm done to our brothers and sisters. Breathe wisdom into our prayers, Soothe restless hearts wit hope, Steady shaken spirits with faith: Show us the way to justice and wholeness, Enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy. Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, Heal your people’s wounds And transform our brokenness. Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace, So that we may act with justice And find peace in you. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. AMEN. USCCB, c. 2004