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How to Report Sexual Abuse


Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Albany urges all victims to report any instance of sexual abuse against a minor by a member of the clergy, its employees or volunteers, to the local police or to the office of the appropriate District Attorney. (District Attorney’s office)

Adults Reporting Past Abuse

Adults who wish to report allegations of childhood abuse to the diocese should contact the Diocesan Assistance Coordinator (Ms. Theresa Rodrigues at 518-453-6646; e-mail: assistance.coordinator@rcda.org). The Assistance Coordinator will respond within 24-48 hours to adults who report past sex abuse. All allegations of abuse of minors received by the Assistance Coordinator will be reported to the office of the appropriate District Attorney. Copies of reports will also be sent to the diocesan attorney, and the Review Board Chair. Reports received will not be screened for credibility.

The Diocese of Albany is committed to full cooperation with the civil authorities in the reporting and investigation of such allegations. If the diocese receives notification from the DA’s office that it will not investigate an allegation of sexual abuse that was submitted, or not take any action, the diocese will then follow its own protocol for processing an allegation of sexual abuse.

Employees Reporting Abuse:

  1. Where the victim is a current minor.

    1. Allegations against parish staff/volunteers.

      The parish leader/school principal should immediately report all allegations received of sexual abuse against clergy, employees or volunteers to the local police and to the appropriate district attorney. The diocesan attorney, Michael Costello, Esq., (518-463-1177) should also be notified. The person receiving the report will not screen such reports for credibility. If an allegation is received against the parish leader or school principal, the diocesan attorney, Michael Costello, Esq., should be notified and he in turn will immediately notify the local police and the appropriate DA’s office. Copies of reports made shall be also sent to the School superintendent (if the allegation is against school personnel) and to the Diocesan Assistance Coordinator.

    2. Allegations against the child’s family.

      Allegations received by school or parish staff, that a child/youth has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by a parent/guardian or other person legally responsible for his or her care (e.g. any adults living in the home) should be reported to the Child Abuse Central Register.
      Mandated reporters call: 1-800-635-1522
         Parish staff who are not mandated reporters: 1-800 -342-3720
         If a child is in immediate danger call 911 or the local police.
         For further information please visit: New York State Office of Child and Family Services

       

  2. Where the victim is an adult, reporting sexual abuse that occurred when he/she was a minor.

    Parish, school staff, and other diocesan personnel receiving such reports should notify the Assistance Coordinator within one business day. They should also remind the victim of his/her right to report the allegation directly to the office of the district attorney where the alleged abuse occurred. All allegations of abuse of minors received by the Assistance Coordinator will be reported to the office of the appropriate District Attorney, with copies sent the diocesan attorney and the Review Board Chair. Such reports received will not be screened for credibility.