Bishop Conley wants to meet with any Victims of Abuse
One of the first concerns of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is for the healing and reconciliation of victims. Through a Victim Assistance Coordinator, dioceses reach out to victims, the survivors of abuse, and their families, with a sincere commitment to their spiritual and emotional well-being.
The Victim Assistance Coordinator has three key responsibilities: providing advocacy, outreach, and pastoral assistance to victims of sexual abuse by church personnel, especially to those who were/are minors at the time of the abuse; engaging the diocesan community in education, training, and abuse prevention efforts; and participating in and coordinating with the personnel misconduct response team.
Victim Assistance Coordinator
In accord with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, all dioceses in the U.S. have Safe Environment programs which assist parents, children, and those who work with children in preventing harm to young people.
In the Diocese of Lincoln, the Safe Environment Learning Community is hosted by Catholic Mutual Group. Exclusively for the clergy, religious, staff, volunteers, and parents of the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln, it is designed to inform, instruct, and alert those who take part in it about the moral and physical dangers that could potentially affect the children of God who are placed under our care. Read more about our Protection of Youth.
The first step in the report of any crime or suspected crime is to call law enforcement. Nebraska law requires all suspicions of child abuse or neglect to be reported to law enforcement or DHHS (Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-652-1999).
The purpose of the anonymous Reporting Hotline and Website, from the nationally known company NAVEX Global, is to assist persons in making reports to Diocese of Lincoln of any misconduct involving diocesan personnel. This hotline is not a substitute or alternative to calling law enforcement; it is intended to offer an additional opportunity to make sure any wrong in the Church is uncovered and reported. It provides a way for employees, volunteers, parishioners, and other interested parties to report financial misconduct, code of conduct violations, or internal control concerns, and makes it easier for victims and others to come forward and to be anonymous if they wish.
The Misconduct Reporting Hotline and Website allows for all kinds of concerns and complaints – of sexual misconduct, boundary violations, suspicious behavior, financial impropriety or any other potential wrongs – to be brought out into the open. Bishop Conley encourages people to report anything that make them uncomfortable, even if they may not be crimes or constitute “abuse.” You are encouraged to submit reports relating to violations of the diocese's Adult and Youth Protocols.
The Misconduct Hotline is: 1-844-527-0596 (English and Spanish) or Reporting Website: lincolndiocese.ethicspoint.com.