Washington D.C., May 31, 2019 / 07:30 am
The U.S. bishops' conference has released its annual report on the protection of children. The report records an increase in the number of new allegations of clerical sexual abuse being brought forward following the launch of independent compensation programs in some states.
The annual report on Findings and Recommendations on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was released May 31 by the USCCB's Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection.
Writing in his preface to the report, USCCB president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo said he offered his "sincere gratitude" for the courage of victims of abuse.
"Because of their bravery in coming forward, victim and survivor assistance and child protection are now core elements of the Church."