Reporting Abuse to the Diocese

Pastoral care and compassion for victims, as well as the protection of children and vulnerable adults, is a top priority of the Diocese of Erie. The diocese encourages anyone who has experienced sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy or any employee or volunteer of the church, to contact law enforcement. To report abuse to the independent investigators retained by the Diocese of Erie, email ErieRCD@KLGates.com. Victims or concerned individuals also are welcome to contact the diocese directly to report abuse at 814.451.1543. In addition, anyone can directly report suspected abuse of minors by anyone to PA ChildLine by calling 800.932.0313. The line is open 24/7, and callers may choose to remain anonymous. Victims also are welcome to contact the diocese directly to report abuse at 814.451.1543. Counseling assistance is available for victims and/or their families through the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, Dr. Gerard Tobin, who can be reached at 814.451.1521.

Reporting Past Abuse

• To report past abuse, contact the diocese at 814-451-1543.

• When making a report to the Diocese of Erie, your complaint will be reported to the proper civil authorities if not already reported. In addition, your report will be investigated and adjudicated in accord with the norm of Church law, with due regard for the jurisdiction that civil authority may have in this matter.

There is never a time when an individual loses the right to speak with civil authorities. All victims reporting abuse to the diocese have the right to report alleged abuse directly to the local Office of the District Attorney, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services ChildLine, or the local County Office of Children and Youth and to seek counsel from an attorney of their own choosing.

Revised: November, 2019