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Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such “atrocities”.


Read Bishop Noonan’s full statement in English or Español.

Read the full letter from Pope Francis’ or the summary of his response.

Read the statement from the USCCB.

Learn more about our Safe Environment training and fingerprinting policies in the Diocese of Orlando in English or Español.

Response from Fr. David

Throughout the month of September we will include excerpts from the Diocese of Orlando Child Sex Abuse and Prevention policies and procedures guide to give us a better understanding of what to look for and what to do in the case of child sexual misconduct.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
…Our Church has always welcomed families. It is where children can learn, grow, and be nurtured. Creating a safe place for everyone, especially for our children, is very important to me. It is an ongoing process that does not happen by just writing policies or reading them. Creating a safe place requires each of us to take action to protect our children. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and the strength of our own policies of this Diocese, are a first step in keeping our Church a safe haven. I assure you that in these policies, we have very strong wording to safeguard our vulnerable populations.
Bishop John Noonan
Diocese of Orlando

Common Myths about Child Sexual Abuse
Here are some common myths about sexual abuse and information to help you understand the facts:
•The myth is only girls are sexually abused.
•The fact is that many sexually abused children are boys, but these abuses are not reported as often.
•The myth is that strangers are the most frequent perpetrators of sexual abuse.
•The fact is that 80% of molested children are abused by a person they KNOW. About 51% of these perpetrators are NATURAL PARENTS.
•The myth is that most cases of sexual abuse are reported.
•The fact is that only 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 incidents are reported, and even fewer are reported if the perpetrator is a relative.

For more information please contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Diocese of Orlando, 50 E. Robinson St. Orlando FL 32801 or call 407-246-7179.
If you suspect abuse please call the Child Abuse Hotline immediately at 800-962-2873.