Reporting allegations to the Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review
Leah McCluskey, MSW, LSW, Director
Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse is any sexual activity with a child (under the age of 18) by an adult. Sexual activity can be in the form of touching or non-touching and may include: fondling, rape, incest, sexual talk, voyeurism (watching), exhibitionism (showing), pornography, or internet crimes (Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, 2011). As found in the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms, the sexual abuse of a minor includes, "…sexual molestation or sexual exploitation of a minor and other behavior by which an adult uses a minor as an object of sexual gratification."
When to Call
The Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review (CAIR) is available to all individuals who choose to report their abuse as children or who have the knowledge of the abuse of children in our church. The CAIR staff also collaborates with a number of other Archdiocesan offices to help investigate and process allegations received in a timely fashion.
In cases where the reported abuse did not take place by personnel of this archdiocese, the CAIR staff will provide individuals with the necessary information and support so that the report can be made to the appropriate entity and/or public authority.