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 are also 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. Robert Nelsen, who can be reached at 814.451.1521.
Report Suspected Child Abuse
Anyone can report suspected child abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you suspect a child is in immediate danger from abuse CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Suspected child abuse can be reported by calling ChildLine or by filing a report online.
• To report suspected child abuse by phone, contact CHILDLINE at 1-800-932-0313
You will then need to complete form CY-47 within 48 hours of the phone call.
• Next, file CY-47 with the appropriate Office of Children and Youth Services:
Children and Youth Agencies by County
District Attorneys by County
• To file a report of suspected child abuse online use the link below.
Click on individual login and then click on My Referrals to gain access to the online form. If you do not have an account, click on create an individual account to create your account. After you have created your account follow the instructions in the preceding sentence.
• If you are an employee or volunteer:
notify the person in charge: see Policy; Section V, A, 4a.
• Additional reporting requirements:
If you are reporting suspected abuse by a school employee/administrator: see Policy; Section V, A, 4b.