April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Mes de prevención de abuso infantil

All of us are called to protect children. Below is information on how we can prevent child abuse, and how we can help victims of abuse.
Todos nosotros estamos llamados a proteger a los niños. A continuación encontrará información sobre cómo podemos prevenir el abuso infantil y cómo podemos ayudar a las víctimas de abuso.

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is committed to combatting sexual abuse in the Church.  If you are a victim of sexual abuse, or if you observe or suspect sexual abuse:   
1. Call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.392.3738 (if the victim is currently under the age of 18), and

2.  Contact your local law enforcement agency or call 911, and 
3.  After reporting to these civil and law enforcement authorities, report suspected sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult to the Diocesan Ombudsman, Joe Crayon, at 816.812.2500 or crayon@ombudsmankcsj.org, 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 to victims of sexual abuse and their families.  Please contact the Victim Advocate, Kathleen Chastain, at 816.392.0011 or chastain@diocesekcsj.org for more information. 

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