If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, you should contact the appropriate civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester please contact:
Deborah Housel, victim assistance coordinator
(585) 328-3210, ext. 1555, or toll-free 1-800-388-7177, ext. 1555 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“The damage caused by sexual abuse of minors [by priests or other church personnel] is devastating and longlasting. We reach out to those who suffer, but especially to the victims of sexual abuse and their families. We apologize to them for the grave harm that has been inflicted upon them, and we offer them our help for the future. In the light of so much suffering, healing and reconciliation are beyond human capacity alone. Only God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness can lead us forward, trusting Christ’s promise: “for God all things are possible” (Gospel of Matthew 19:26).