Statement of Bishop Oscar Cantú – Ongoing Pastoral Care and Support for...

Statement of Bishop Oscar Cantú – Ongoing Pastoral Care and Support for Victims/Survivors

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Bishop Oscar Cantú respects the decision of those dioceses in the state, who have chosen to participate in the California Independent Victim-Survivor Compensation and Reconciliation Program.

There are many avenues for responding and caring for the victims-survivors of clergy sexual abuse; the Diocese of San Jose continues to work directly with victims-survivors focusing on accountability and healing. Providing an opportunity for victims-survivors to be heard and know the Diocese believes them aids in their healing process.

The Diocese of San Jose is not participating in the California Independent Victim-Survivor Compensation and Reconciliation Program. Victims-survivors continue to receive assistance from the Diocese, including counseling or spiritual direction and referrals to support groups.

The Diocese strictly adheres to a zero-tolerance policy and promptly notifies law enforcement and child protective services, in accordance with mandated reporter laws, when abuse is reported. The Diocese cooperates with law enforcement during any necessary investigation.

These efforts are led by the Diocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. For more information, visit
www.dsj.org/protecting-gods-children/reporting-abuse-misconduct.

Victims are encouraged to report to local law enforcement. Reports to the diocese are accepted by either online submission or by phone. For online submission, please use the following URL to access our secure third-party reporting server designated for this purpose: https://opcva.ethicspoint.com or contact our toll-free 24 hour reporting hotline at (844) 372-1691. All reports are confidential to protect the rights of the victim.