If you suffered abuse, it was not your fault. If you are a victim of sexual abuse by a clergy member or individual representing the Catholic Church, there are several things you can do:
- Contact the appropriate law enforcement agency, which can help determine options for making a criminal complaint
- Contact a local child protection agency, a private attorney, a support group, an abuse hotline, or a mental health professional
- Contact a diocesan or eparchial victim assistance coordinator who is available to help victims/survivors make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese or eparchy.
- The Victim Assistance Coordinator is also available to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative and will offer to arrange counseling and spiritual healing to the individual and families as appropriate