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How to Report Sexual Abuse


Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Albany urges all victims to directly 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.

Adults Reporting Past Abuse

Adults who wish to report allegations of childhood abuse directly to the Diocese should contact the Assistance Coordinator (Ms. Theresa Rodrigues at 518-453-6646; e-mail assistance.coordinator@rcda.org).  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. The Diocese will follow its own protocol for processing an allegation of sexual abuse only after such allegation has been returned by the District Attorney’s office to the Diocese.

Employees Reporting Abuse:

  1. Where the victim is a current minor.

    1. Allegations against clergy, diocesan employees, parish staff or volunteers.

      Any clergy, employee or volunteer receiving an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor should immediately report the allegation to his/her supervisor, parish leader/school principal or diocesan administrator or his/her designee. The person receiving the report will not screen such reports for credibility. The parish leader/school principal or diocesan administrator will immediately report all allegations of sexual abuse by 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. All allegations received will be reported without screening such reports for credibility.
      If an allegation is received against the parish leader, school principal or diocesan administrator, 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 without screening such reports for credibility. Copies of reports made should also be 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 diocesan employees, or 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 (for example, childcare providers or any adults living in the home) should be reported to the Child Abuse Central Register.

      Mandated reporters, call: 1-800-635-1522

      Parish staff and diocesan employees 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 Children 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 immediately notify the Assistance Coordinator. 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 to the diocesan attorney and the Review Board Chair. Such reports received will not be screened for credibility.