Statement on Child Victims Act

August 14, 2019

As a community of women religious, we strongly believe that sexual abuse is irreconcilable with the values set forth in the Gospel, the nature of religious life and ministry and with the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation against any Sister or the Congregation will be treated seriously, with respect and confidentiality. Pastoral concern for the alleged victim and member accused as well as the common good will guide the subsequent inquiry, review and resolution process.

With all the members of our local Church and the wider community, we are acutely aware of the suffering caused by abuse from people in ministry. We are deeply pained by the anguish of everyone involved in these situations. We remain committed to responding appropriately and affirmatively.

Let us continue to keep all victims, their families and alleged perpetrators in our prayers at this challenging time.

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