The Safe Environment Program
The Safe Environment program seeks to provide a safe environment for all adults and children connected with the Diocese.
The ADULT program, known as VIRTUS, educates adults on the fast changing technologies and grooming behaviors used by predators to lure their victims. Background checks set up an additional barrier for those who seek access to children to abuse them.
The CHILDREN are trained by the The Family Nurturing Center and the Council on Child Abuse of Southern Ohio. These professionals are equipped to speak to children in age-appropriate and non-threatening ways to give them knowledge and skills to speak up during the grooming stage before abuse happens and to speak up to a trusted adult if abuse does happen. If these two groups are not available, school counselors may present lessons posted on the Diocese of Covington Safe Environment website.
Research indicates that these programs are not lessening abuse BUT research does show that people are speaking up sooner which lessens the long term impact of abuse.
Also, anyone who ministers within the Diocese is screened before being allowed to function. This includes priests, deacons, and lay speakers.
Those who have been sexually abused by Diocesan personnel in the past have access to counseling by contacting the Victim Assistance Coordinator (859-392-1515). The abusers have no incentive to care. It is up to the rest of us to create a safe environment.
Reporting Misconduct in the Diocese of Covington
Anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct by a cleric, employee, religious or volunteer of the Diocese of Covington is asked to contact Ms. Margie Schack, diocesan victims assistance coordinator (859) 392-1515 . Professional assistance and pastoral support will be provided in confidentiality and with respect.
A copy of the “Diocesan Policies and Procedures for Addressing Sexual Misconduct” is available by contacting the Safe Environment Office, (859) 392-1515 or in Adobe format by clicking here.
Informando Sobre Conducta Inapropiada en la Diocesis de Covington
Cualquier persona que haya experimentado conducta sexual inapropiada por parte de un clérigo, empleado, religioso o voluntario de la Diócesis de Covington está invitada a ponerse en contacto con Ms. Margie Schack , coordindora diocesana para dar asistencia a las víctimas. Teléfono (859)392-1515. Asistencia profesional y apoyo moral serán ofrecidos de una manera confidencial y con respeto.
Una copia de “Normas y Procedimientos sobre “Conducta Sexual Inapropiada” está disponible poniéndose en contacto con la Ambiente Seguro, Teléfono (859) 392-1515, o haciendo clic aqui.