How to File a Sexual Abuse Report
Anyone wishing to report an allegation of sexual abuse by clergy or Church representative should call:
Diocesan Investigator Deacon John Brennan
The Diocese will inform the victim that a report will be made and advise and support a victim’s right to make a report themselves.
The Diocese will offer to pay for counseling with a licensed therapist of the individual’s choice, regardless of whether the individual is in the process of asserting a lawsuit or a claim for damages against the Diocese. The Bishop or his representative will offer to meet the reported victim or his/her family.
Our Policy on Counseling Assistance Reimbursement is published here.
For additional information or help, you may write or contact:
Carolyn Bloom, Independent Clinician
384 Court St
Auburn ME 04210-4604
Ruth Oakley, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
510 Ocean Avenue
Portland ME 04103-4936
Private Fax: 207-321-7860
Any report of abuse of minors or vulnerable adults will be reported to civil authorities.
More information on the Church’s response to sexual abuse can be found at http://www.usccb.org/ocyp/charter.shtml, “The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.