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Advocacy and Victim Assistance

Disclosures Regarding Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors

 

If you suspect abuse of a minor, your first call should be to civil authorities.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of ministry-related sexual misconduct, please contact us.

  • Call civil authorities. If you suspect abuse of a minor within Church ministry, your first call should be to civil authorities. (Contact information by county is in the linked document.) 
  • Call the Advisor/Advocate Coordinator. The current coordinator of advisor/advocacy services is Ms. Greta Sawyer. Her telephone number is (651)-291-4497 or you can send an email. As an advocate/advisor, she does not intervene with clergy herself, but she will help you make further connections. You may be unsure about whether you wish to bring a complaint. If you wish, you can give a general description of your concern to Ms. Sawyer without giving your name or the name of the clergyman in question. She will describe how the Archdiocese would be able to respond. You can then decide whether to make a formal complaint. 
  • Call the Chancery. You may also call our chancery offices at (651) 291-4400. Please ask to speak either with the vicar general or the chancellor for civil affairs or you can contact the chancellor by email.

Please see the brochure How to Report Suspected Child Abuse for additional information.

If you or someone you know has been sexually exploited, abused, or harassed by a priest, deacon, religious or lay church person, and you need help or want to talk about your feelings of betrayal or hurt, we are here for you.


Ministry-related sexual misconduct refers to three related forms of misconduct:

  • Sexual Exploitation – Contact between a church leader and a person who is receiving pastoral care from the church leader.
  • Sexual Abuse – Sexual conduct between a church leader and a minor or vulnerable adult. If you suspect abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult within Church ministry, your first call should be to civil authorities.
  • Sexual Harassment – Unwanted sexual conduct or language between co-workers in the church work setting.

We will also help you bring your complaint or concerns to church officials outside of this Archdiocese when the exploitation, abuse, or harassment occurred in another diocese and you now reside in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of ministry-related sexual misconduct, please contact us.

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