If you have reason to believe a child has been abused or neglected by church personnel, in addition to civil authorities or law enforcement, please also contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the diocese in which the abuse or neglect occurred. Contact information for the Victim Assistance Coordinator is available on the diocesan website or through your local Catholic parish. (If there is reason to believe a bishop has sexually abused a child, please see “Misconduct by a Bishop” below.)
Please note that the online reporting portal can be used for living U.S. Catholic bishops to report allegations of misconduct. If you cannot recall the name of the alleged bishop or the bishop is deceased, please make a report using the toll-free telephone number provided at https://reportbishopabuse.org/. You can also contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator to make a report.
Once a report is made concerning a bishop in Wisconsin, the “Protocol for Making and Investigating Allegations of Misconduct by Bishops in the Milwaukee Province” requires the rapid reporting of misconduct to civil authorities, mandates the full cooperation of Church authorities with law enforcement, and ensures that appropriate Church authorities are quickly alerted to a report of bishop misconduct. For more information on protocol requirements and process, see the Milwaukee Province Episcopal Misconduct Response Flowchart.
* The word “misconduct” refers to the offenses listed in Article 1 of the apostolic letter Vos estis lux mundi, namely:
Forcing someone, by violence or threat or through abuse of authority, to perform or submit to sexual acts.
Performing sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person.
The production, exhibition, possession or distribution, including by electronic means, of child pornography, as well as by the recruitment of or inducement of a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions; or
Actions or omissions intended to interfere with or avoid civil investigations or canonical investigations, whether administrative or penal, against a cleric or a religious regarding the conduct noted in 1) – 3) above.
** The reporting system is managed by Convercent, Inc., a commercial vendor of third-party ethics reporting services, and supported through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).