Since 2002, the Victim Assistance Coordinator has provided a comprehensive program of outreach to victims of sexual abuse by clergy and other church personnel of the diocese. In accord with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the U.S. bishops, the coordinator addresses the diocese’s outreach to abuse victims/survivors. This includes the provision of counseling, spiritual assistance, and other support services.
Among these efforts are counseling/assistance referrals and the long-standing policy of the Diocese of Camden to pay for treatment and professional counseling for anyone who claims to have been abused by a priest or employee. The coordinator also facilitates meetings between victims and Bishop Dennis Sullivan as part of the diocese’s program of pastoral outreach. The coordinator’s work is overseen by a Clinical Advisory Panel to ensure that the needs of victims are being met.
“Each Diocese is to develop an outreach to every person who has been the victim of sexual abuse as a minor by anyone acting in the name of the Church, whether the abuse was recent or occurred many years in the past. This outreach will include provision of counseling, spiritual assistance, support groups, and other social services agreed upon by the victim and the diocese, eparchy.”
–Charter, Article 1