Saint Joseph Church Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph Church     Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.

 
The Charter directs action in all the following matters:

  • Creating a safe environment for children and young people;
  • Healing and reconciliation of victims and survivors;
  • Making prompt and effective response to allegations;
  • Cooperating with civil authorities;
  • Disciplining offenders;
  • Providing for means of accountability for the future to ensure the problem continues to be effectively dealt with through the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board.

 

In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the USCCB, a Victim Assistance Coordinator was appointed for the Diocese of Allentown. The Victim Assistance Coordinator coordinates assistance for the immediate pastoral care of persons who claim to have been sexually abused when they were minors by priests or deacons. The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Allentown is Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.A., NCC, LPCMs. Krisak will coordinate assistance for the immediate pastoral care of persons who claim to have been sexually abused when they were minors by priests or deacons.

 

Contact Information: 
Ms. Wendy S. Krisak, M.A., NCC, LPC
Email: 
victimsassistance@allentowndiocese.org 
To speak directly to the victim assistance coordinator please call, Direct Line: 1-800-791-9209 
Fax: 484-664-7794

 

Secretary for Youth Protection

Pamela J. Russo, MSW, MS

Email: prusso@allentowndiocese.org

Diocese of Allentown

1515 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

P.O. Box F

Allentown, PA 18105-1538

610-871-5200, Ext. 2204

610-871-5211 (Fax)

 

Charter Compliance Officer
Ms. Kelly C. Bruce 
Phone: 610-871-5200 Ext. 203

 

For more information regarding the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the USCCB, please visit the USCCB Website.

 

To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown's Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy and Code of Conduct, please visit the Diocesan website.

 

 

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service

If you have an allegation of abuse against a bishop, please contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at www.ReportBishopAbuse.org or by calling 800-276-1562.

 

Servicio de Denuncia de Abusos de Obispos Católicos

Si tiene una denuncia de abuso contra un obispo, comuníquese con el Servicio de Denuncias de Abuso de Obispos Católicos en www.ReportBishopAbuse.org o llamando al 800-276-1562.

 

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