How will the Diocese of Orange handle a sexual misconduct claim against a member of the clergy or church representative?
If a member of the clergy or church representative is accused of sexual misconduct the complaint will be referred to the Assistance Ministry Coordinator (AMC) who will respond promptly to the complaint.
Who is the AMC?
The AMC is independently contracted by the Diocese of Orange to provide this service to the victims. The mission of the AMC is to act as an advocate for the victim to provide timely assistance and healing resources to individuals who have reported being sexually abused by a cleric or church representative
How the AMC assist the victims?
The AMC is pastoral in nature with the goal of assisting the individual in their healing process. The AMC will listen to the victim and address their requests and needs. The AMC will also offer counseling, pastoral support and other services toward healing of the victim and their families.
How does the AMC assist in reporting a complaint?
It is the responsibility of the AMC to take the complaint and assist the victim during the investigation of any allegations of sexual abuse. In turn, the AMC sees to it that all allegations of sexual abuse of a minor are reported to the California State Attorney’s office. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the AMC to report the allegation and the identity of the accused offender to the diocesan Director of Clergy Personnel or Human Resources Director for ultimate review by the independent diocesan Sexual Misconduct Oversight and Review Board (SMORB). SMORB is an independent professional committee that meets monthly with the responsibility to make recommendation to insure appropriate and timely response to any report.
Will the AMC keep my report confidential?
Yes, the AMC will only report what you want to have reported. But, The law mandates that the AMC report sexual abuse of a minor to the California State Attorney’s office.
How can I get in touch with the AMC?
Call 800-364-3064 toll free reporting line to ask any questions or to report any concerns of sexual misconduct. The AMC will contact you. Please make sure to give your telephone number and several alternatives for the best time to call back.
Can I meet with the AMC?
Yes, you can meet with the AMC. The AMC will call you back and arrange a time and a place that is convenient for you.
“We will implement in every respect to the American Catholic Bishops’ The National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and our own diocesan policies for the prevention of the abuse of children and young people”.
- The Covenant With the Faithful, January 2004
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