How to Report Suspected Abuse

Anyone who has reason to believe, or might suspect, that a child has been abused, or is being abused, should report their suspicions first to civil authorities and then to the Archdiocese via its assigned Victim Assistance Coordinator, Rocio Rodriguez.

Rocio Rodriguez, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Phone: (415) 614-5506

Every allegation will be treated seriously and immediate steps taken to protect the alleged victim(s). These actions will be taken discretely so as to protect the confidentiality and the rights of both the victim and the alleged abuser.

State law requires people in certain positions to make such reports. These people are referred to as "Mandatory Reporters". All other adults, called "Ethical Reporters" should also report suspected abuse.

Investigation following the report should be left to duly appointed professionals.

Instructions For Reporting

Cases of alleged abuse in which the abuser and the victim are of the same household are to be reported to Child Protective Services (CPS), while cases in which the alleged victim and the accused do not share a household should be reported to law enforcement authorities (sheriff's department or local police).

Child Protective Services
(415) 499-7153
Sheriff’s Department
(415) 479-2311
San Francisco
Child Protective Services
(415) 558-2650
Police Department
(415) 553-0123
San Mateo
Child Protective Services
(650) 802-7922
Sheriff’s Department
(650) 363-4911

All allegations of abuse involving clergy, employees, volunteers, or children attending Catholic schools, parish religious education programs, or other church-related events are also to be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Rocio Rodriguez, at (415) 614-5506.

Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse

God of endless love,
Ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just:
You gave your only Son over suffering and death.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
Join to your own suffering
The pain of all who have been hurt
In body, mind, and spirit
By those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
Over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
Soothe restless hearts with hope,
Steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
Enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
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. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. AMEN.

USCCB, c. 2004

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