Office of Child and Youth Protection

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If you have been abused by a priest, or other Church personnel, please contact law enforcement officials in the area where the abuse occurred. You should also contact the Diocese’s Victim Assistance Coordinator, Louisa Storen, to request access to pastoral resources, including a counseling referral when appropriate: 843-856-0748 or 800-921-8122.

The Catholic Church affirms the inherent dignity of each human being as created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, each person possesses inherent dignity. The sexual abuse of a minor is a violation of that person’s dignity for which there is no justification. Minors especially deserve the protection of society, since they cannot adequately provide it for themselves. The Diocese of Charleston is adamant that the abuse of children, including physical injury, sexual molestation, sexual exploitation, or grave emotional damage, will not be tolerated by anyone, especially church personnel.

The Office of Child and Youth Protection provides a pastoral response to, and competent processing of, allegations of abuse of minors. With the approval and consent of the Bishop, it establishes, implements, supervises, and maintains safe environment programs in all parishes, missions and schools within the Diocese.

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NEW! Interview with the Bishop

Bishop Guglielmone recorded an interview with Catholic Radio in which he discusses how the Diocese of Charleston protects children in its care and how it is responding to the Church’s sexual abuse crisis.

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Prayer for Protection

Dear Lord, We ask You to bless these Your holy people who have participated in the Church’s efforts to help stop child sexual abuse. Open their hearts to Your call to be the “ears, eyes and voice of children and young people” everywhere. Give them the vision and grace needed to fulfill the special commitments that each of them has made to making their homes, churches, schools, communities and world a safer place for all God’s Children. Amen