Diocese urges sex abuse victims to come forward
March 23, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: April 25, 2013 6:03AM
The Diocese of Joliet is urging people to report if they have ever been sexually abused by a clergy member, diocese employee or volunteer.
The diocese said in a news release it’s increasing efforts to promote healing and justice for victims in the church abuse scandal.
The diocese recently agreed to release thousands of pages of documents on the scandal as part of a legal settlement with a survivor of clergy abuse. The diocese has posted online the names of 34 priests who were identified by the diocese as having faced credible or substantiated charges of sexual abuse. Nine of the names were added after the settlement this month. All of the priests on the list have been removed from ministry.
Molly Fara, the Joliet Diocese’s director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection, said the diocese has promised pastoral assistance and continued cooperation with civil authorities. Reports may be made to any pastor to by calling (815) 263-6467.
“Sexual abuse is a sin and a crime and should be reported to civil authorities even if the alleged abuse occurred many years ago,” Fara said. “The church has a responsibility to help victims of sexual abuse and to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.”
The Lions Club of Plainfield is holding its “Meat Madness” fundraiser at 1 p.m. Sunday at Gruben’s Uptown Tap, 512 W. Lockport Road, Plainfield.
There will be a “Wheel of Meat” game that gives contestants a chance of winning steaks and hams. Tickets are 50 cents each, with up to 50 raffles during the day.
Proceeds from the fundraiser are donated to families and elderly people in Plainfield. Last