It is every adult's moral responsibility to report any illegal activity by any individual immediately (clergy, religious, diocesan/parish/agency employee, or diocesan/parish/agency volunteer) to the appropriate local civil authority.
If a child, youth, or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger, call 911.
To report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a minor (under age 18), call the New York State Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.342.3720.
To report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a vulnerable adult, call the Vulnerable Persons Central Register Hotline: 1.855.373.2122.
If 911 and/or the Child Abuse/Vulnerable Adult hotline has been called regarding present or past sexual allegations by any clergy, religious, diocesan/parish employee or volunteer, contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 315.470.1465. She will initiate diocesan procedures, beginning with notifying the local District Attorney as per the Memorandum of Understanding.
CATHOLIC BISHOP ABUSE REPORTING SERVICE
Individuals may contact Convercent Inc. at ReportBishopAbuse.org or call (800) 276-1562 to report a Bishop that:
- forced someone to perform or to submit to sexual acts through violence, threat, or abuse of authority;
- performed sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person;
- produced, exhibited, possessed, or distributed child pornography, or recruited or induced a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions;
- or, a U.S. diocesan or eparchial bishop, or other cleric overseeing a diocese/eparchy in the absence of a diocesan or eparchial bishop, who, in the exercise of their office, intentionally interfered with a civil or Church investigation into allegations of sexual abuse committed by another cleric or religious.