The Victim Assistance Coordinator is an integral component of the Diocese of Scranton’s Policy for Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors.
The role of the Victim Assistance Coordinator is to facilitate the immediate pastoral care of persons that claim to have been sexually abused by a cleric (i.e., bishop, priest or deacon) when they were minors. The Victim Assistance Coordinator responds promptly to persons who contact the Diocese concerning sexual abuse of a minor and will offer to meet with him or her. The purpose of the meeting is to acknowledge the accusation, to listen with empathy and to inform him/her of any assistance that may be appropriate. This support may include arranging for counseling or spiritual direction and referrals to support groups. Pastoral and counseling services are available to survivors, families of survivors, parishes and their communities.