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 diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Kristin Eyre, MSW, LISW-CP, to request access to pastoral resources, including a counseling referral when appropriate: 843-856-0748 or 800-921-8122.
The Diocese of Charleston is committed to respect for the dignity of each human person. Acts of sexual exploitation or abuse, particularly against the children or the vulnerable, will not be tolerated. If you suspect abuse has occurred within a family unit contact the S.C. Department of Social Services. If you suspect abuse has occurred outside of the family, please contact the police in the jurisdiction where the abuse is thought to have occurred.
Anyone who has been abused is encouraged, whether the abuse took place in the past or in the present, to report this abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agency where the abuse occurred as well as to the Diocesan Office of Office of Child and Youth Protection.
For confidential access to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, please call: 843-856-0748 or 800-921-8122.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops seeks healing and reconciliation with the Victims/Survivors of Sexual Abuse. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People establishes their directives for promoting this healing in Article 2:
“… Dioceses are to have a competent person or persons to coordinate assistance for the immediate pastoral care of persons who report having been sexually abused as minors.“
The Diocese of Charleston has policies and procedures in place for effectively dealing with the disclosure of sexual victimization. One of the most crucial aspects of our response to an allegation is the involvement of the Victim Assistance Coordinator. This pivotal position must be held by a competent, trained, licensed professional whose mandate is to coordinate referrals and assistance for the immediate pastoral care of the person victimized, within a setting of compassion, acceptance, privacy and respect. The main focus of the VAC is primarily the emotional and spiritual well-being and healing of those, who as minors, have been affected by the sexually abusive conduct of any priest, deacon, religious or lay person of the Diocese of Charleston.
Our Victim Assistance Coordinator, Kristin Eyre, MSW, LISW-CP, is a Forensic Psychiatric Social Worker with an independent clinical license in the State of South Carolina (LISW-CP). Ms. Eyre most recently worked for MUSC’s Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division as a Forensic Psychiatric Social Worker conducting court ordered psychological evaluations and as a psychotherapist in multiple community settings. Before that, she worked as a hospital administrator and provided direct care to psychiatric patients hospitalized in the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s Forensic Evaluation and Treatment Services. Ms. Eyre earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology with a minor in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She brings to the position her solid reputation in the community, integrity and her commitment to providing compassionate care, support for those needing her services and appropriate referrals for those in need of psychiatric or psychological care.
Our Pledge to Heal
- individual spiritual direction under the guidance of approved, trained spiritual directors.
- individual counseling, on a time limited basis, that provides therapeutic support to complement other efforts toward healing and wholeness.
Professional Resource Identification: assistance in one’s search for other professional resources that one’s individual circumstances require in their journey to wholeness.
… parishes and parish staffs
To help bring spiritual and emotional healing the Victim Assistance Coordinator offers consultation and support to the victim, the victim’s family, the parish, and the parish staff.
For confidential access to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, please call: 843-856-0748 (or) 800-921-8122.
“Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice and find peace in you.”
– Prayer for Healing
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, © 2004