The Diocese of Syracuse is committed to working with civil authorities to protect children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to report alleged incidents of abuse consistent with our policy.
Who Must Report?
Any clergy, religious, seminarians, employee or volunteer, including those who do not work or volunteer with children, young people, or vulnerable adults who has reason to believe or suspects that any child, young person, or vulnerable adult has been the victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault or neglect shall make a report to the appropriate civil authorities and to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator.
To Whom Should Reports Be Made?
If it is believed that a child is in imminent danger, the individual should immediately contact the police by calling 911.
Mandated reporters who suspect reportable abuse of a child should contact the State Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-635-1522 as required by law.
In every instance, after civil authorities have been informed, the individual should notify the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator to ensure cooperation with civil authorities and compliance with internal diocesan policies.
Memorandum of Understanding
The Diocese of Syracuse believes in the dignity of all children, young people, and vulnerable adults and reasserts its condemnation of child abuse. Originating from this belief, the Diocese of Syracuse entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the elected District Attorneys of the seven (7) counties within the geographic jurisdiction of the diocese. The purpose of this was to create and implement a consistent policy and reporting protocol with regard to sexual misconduct and abuse of minors by all members of the clergy and religious under the auspices of the Diocese of Syracuse.
The Memorandum of Understanding can be read by clicking here.