As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of minors and vulnerable adults.-USCCB
An allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by anyone should be reported immediately to:
- Florida Department of Children and Families Child Abuse Hotline – 1-800-96abuse (1-800-962-2873) or visit https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us
If the alleged abuser is a diocesan employee or volunteer, including clergy, also notify Victim Assistance Coordinator Susan Benton at 941-416-6114
The Safe Environment Program consists of two core components: Background Checking and Fingerprinting, and Training and Awareness. See below for training registration, the background fingerprinting process, and other critical information. The Diocese engages Virtus for data management and video training programs for Protecting God’s Children through education and prevention training for adults.