Protecting God’s Children:
Sexual Abuse Policies, Training and Resources

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service

The website and phone number (800) 276-1562 have been established to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops, and to relay those reports to proper Church authorities for investigation. Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will also be reported to civil authorities. Otherwise, reports will be kept confidential.

If you have any other kind of complaint about a bishop—such as parish assignments, church closings, or homily contents—please address those directly to the diocese of the bishop. Sexual abuse by a priest, deacon or a staff member, or volunteer of the Church should be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator in your diocese or Archdiocese.  (In the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Victim Assistance Coordinator is Martine Siegel at

If you are the victim of sexual abuse (or any other crime), please contact local law enforcement.

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Please go here for a web site from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its aim is to:

  • Present the Church’s commitment to prevention, protection and accountability in creating a safe environment for all.
  • Conquer the evils of clergy sexual abuse and hold all individuals accountable, no matter what their rank.
  • Explain additional reforms, building upon the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and in union with Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio, through which the American Catholic Church stands united against the scourge of sexual abuse as she continues on a path of reconciliation and healing.

Click here to read Restoring Trust: Report on Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Louisville (published February 8, 2019) > 


No child or adult should ever experience abuse by anyone, especially a church minister. We all have the right to be treated with dignity and to expect our church to reflect the goodness of God in all of its dealings.

We hope that this information is helpful to all in our communities who are working to prevent and respond to childhood sexual abuse. We have tried to be as clear as possible about our assistance to victims, reporting procedures, and education and prevention efforts. Please let us know if you need further assistance or information by calling or emailing our victim assistance coordinator, Ms. Martine Siegel, at 502/636-1044; or the Pastoral Center at 502/585-3291.

We must heed God’s call to care for the most vulnerable among us and to continue our efforts toward wholeness and health in dealing with sexual abuse.

Click here to read the Report to the Catholic People (published in The Record Oct. 18, 2018) >

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Sexual Abuse Policies of the Archdiocese of Louisville

Victim Assistance
Reporting Sexual Abuse
Sexual Abuse Review Board
Community Resources
Investigative Procedures
Prevention and Education/Code of Conduct for Church Personnel
Communication Policies
Definition of Terms
Restoring Trust Booklet-2013 Revision (PDF Format): In English In Spanish

Safe Environment Training

Training schedule

Safe Environment Newsletter

Safe Environment Newsletter January 2020
Safe Environment Newsletter February 2020
Safe Environment Newsletter March 2020
Safe Environment Newsletter May/June 2020
Safe Environment Newsletter January 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter February 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter March 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter April 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter May 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter June 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter July 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter August 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter September 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter October 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter November 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter December 2019
Safe Environment Newsletter January 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter February 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter March 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter April 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter May 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter June 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter July 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter August 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter September 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter October 2018
Safe Environment Newsletter November 2018

Resources for Parents

Message to Parents
What To Do If Your Child Is a Victim of Sexual Exploitation
Reporting to Authorities
Center for Women and Families
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Local and National Resources
Related Resources/School and Religious Education Curriculum Materials

U.S. Catholic Bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”

Click here to view the Charter

Archdiocese of Louisville Updates

Click here to view updates issued from July 2002 through the present
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