Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to on several proposals to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual abuse of children or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct, or the intentional mishandling of such cases. They also specifically committed to involving and utilizing lay professional experts and established a new, independent mechanism for the reporting of such cases.
Protecting Our Children
Catholic bishops in California today announced the establishment of a new compensation program that will be available to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor by diocesan priests of the participating dioceses, no matter when that abuse might have occurred.
Los obispos católicos en California anunciaron hoy el establecimiento de un nuevo programa de indemnización que estará disponible para cualquier persona que haya sido abusada sexualmente siendo menor de edad por los sacerdotes diocesanos de las diócesis participantes, sin importar cuándo se haya producido dicho abuso.
According to childhelp.org, each day between four and seven children tragically lose their lives to child abuse in the U.S., and a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. This includes instances of abuse, neglect, and child trafficking in every city across America.
A variety of contending interest groups have finally come together to support legislation that will streamline discipline procedures for public school teachers and other permanent employees accused of sexual abuse and other serious crimes while still respecting due process.
The compromise was reached this week between the Assembly Education Committee, California Teachers Association and Ed Voice, an education advocacy group which is sponsoring an initiative campaign to enact changes in the current labyrinth-like process.
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.