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Reporting Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment

The Diocese of Richmond encourages individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese to report abuse directly to law enforcement, including Child Protective Services (CPS) at 1-800-552-7096, and by calling the Attorney General’s Clergy Abuse Hotline at 1-833-454-9064.  In addition, we place no deadlines or time limits on those who contact the diocese to report the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and or other personnel.

After first contacting the civil authorities, in a commitment to support and facilitate healing, individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee, or volunteer of the Diocese of Richmond are then encouraged to contact the confidential Victim Assistance Reporting 24 Hour Number 1-877-887-9603 or Director of Safe Environment 804-622-5203 or by email at vac@richmonddiocese.org.

To make a report in writing, forward a letter describing the situation to the Office of Child Protection/Safe Environment. Correspondence should be signed and provide contact information. Letters should be sent to:

Director of Safe Environment
Catholic Diocese of Richmond
7800 Carousel Lane
Richmond, VA 23294

If you suspect a child is in imminent danger from abuse, please call 911 immediately.

 

For more information on civil reporting laws and resources, please see the links below: