Child and Youth Protection -SAFE

The Diocese of Colorado Springs is committed to providing a SAFE environment for all who worship, work, volunteer, or attend education and formation opportunities at our parishes and schools. We are concerned that our children are safe both on and off church property.

Statistics show that the vast majority of children who are abused (93%) know their abusers and the vast majority of abusers (95-97%) are male, although the number of reports of female abusers is increasing. For this reason, one of the best protections we have to ensure the safety of our children is to develop and maintain an environment of trust in the home, where children are confident that they can talk to their parents about any topic, any fear, and any experience they are having.

Potential abusers are less likely to target children who have such an open relationship with their parents or other significant adults, since abusers depend upon secrecy to perpetrate their deviancy. Studies show that abusers seek children who are most vulnerable to their methods, such as those who are starved for attention or those whose relationship with their parents is strained. Their methods depend upon establishing a relationship of trust with children and/or their parents in order to have opportunities to offend.The best thing that we can do to protect children, in addition to maintaining an atmosphere of trust, is to be alert to adults or older children who take a particular interest in a child, especially to the exclusion of healthy relationships with their own peers.

For Foundational or update training please contact                                                           St. Mary of the Rockies SAFE Coordinator: Janice Kraft 303.838.2375

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How to Report Sexual abuse  or Neglect of a Minor

EVERY KNOWN OR REASONABLY SUSPECTED SITUATION OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT MUST BE REPORTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

To make a report to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, contact:Diocesan Reporting Hotline  719-866-6505

or  edgaffney@diocs.org  or sortor@diocs.org

Pastor: Father John Auer – Phone: 720-635-5365                                                     SAFE Coordinator: Janice Kraft    Phone: 303-838-2375

It is the policy of the Diocese of Colorado Springs to respond promptly and with compassion to all reports of misconduct. Be aware that if you report child abuse, the Diocese will report the matter to law enforcement.

DIOCESE OF COLORADO SPRINGS

228 NORTH CASCADE AVENUE

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO 80903

719-636-2345

WWW.DIOCS.ORG

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CHECK OUT THESE HELPFUL ATTACHMENTS (Printable)

Interactions & Behaviors

How to recognize abuse

How to receive an allegation of Child Abuse

Keeping Kids Safe Broc.

Reporting Contact Numbers