From the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph
See the Office of Child and Youth Protection page on the diocesan website for various programs offered at the diocesan level and those implemented at the parish level.
A statement from the diocesan office that appears in our bulletin:
The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is committed to combating sexual abuse in the Church. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, or if you observe or suspect sexual abuse:
- Call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.392.3738 (if the victim is currently under the age of 18), and
- Contact your local law enforcement agency or call 911, and
- After reporting to these civil and law enforcement authorities, report suspected sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult to the Diocesan Ombudsman, Jenifer Valenti, at 816.812.2500 or JeniferValenti@att.net, if the abuse involves a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
The Diocese has a sincere commitment to providing care and healing resources of sexual abuse and their families. Please contact the Victim Advocate, Kathleen Chastain at 816.392.0011 or email@example.com for more information.