Office of Safe Environments • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

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The Safe Environments Office is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all children in our Diocese.


Featured News
Open Meeting for Sexual Abuse Survivors March 9th, 2018

A gathering on Tuesday, June 19 (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm) will be held at The New Covenant Center, 174 Richmond Hill Ave Stamford, CT 06902 for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor and family members to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse. We hope to hear from you; your input is important to us.
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Safe Environment Outline Summary (PDF)

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Every April, we commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of protecting minors from abuse. This year, we are offering the following activities and resources to dioceses/parishes.

> Rosary for Healing and Protection | Friday April 6 2pm
> Holy Mass with Special Intentions for Victims/Survivors and the Protection of Minors | Thursday, April 12th 12pm
> Call to Prayer | Friday, April 13

The Secretariat has also created resources that dioceses and parishes can use to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month including sample social media posts, bulletin inserts, and Prayers for the Faithful.
> These resources can be found on the USCCB.org website.

> The Resource Booklet is also available which now includes sample media posts and suggested activities throughout the month.


2018 MASS OF HOPE AND HEALING | SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018 2:00 P.M.

The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted. The Mass will be held on November 18th, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Francis of Assisi located at 35 Norfield Road, Weston CT 06883. Light Refreshments will be served immediately following the Mass.

There are regularly scheduled gatherings for any person who has been sexually abused as a minor to meet with the victim assistance coordinators and fellow survivors of sexual abuse for friendship, prayer and peer support.

If you are an adult survivor of abuse as a minor, and you would like to learn more about this Mass, the upcoming gatherings, and resources that are available in our Diocese, please contact one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators, Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., (203) 650-3265 or Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W. (203) 241-0987.

We hope to hear from you, you are very important to us.


Resources offered through the U.S.C.C.B. Office of Child and Youth Protection.
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/resources/upload/CAPM-2017-Resource-Booklet.pdf
http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/child-abuse-prevention-month.cfm

Thank you for all that you do each day for the safety and protection of the children of our Diocese.
Sincerely,
Erin Neil L.C.S.W., Director of Safe Environments
and Victim Assistance Coordinator
Tel: (203) 416-1406
Tel: (203) 650-3265
Email: eneil@diobpt.org


The Bishop Renews Safe Environments

Ms. Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., Director of Safe Environments and Victim Assistance Coordinator

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has reconstituted the Review Board of the Diocese of Bridgeport with the announcement of new board members and the reappointment of long-time members.

The Review Board was formed in 2002 by Bishop William E. Lori to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy and to function as a consultative body to the bishop. Review Boards are required in all U.S. dioceses as a direct result of The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter)… Read More


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Important Links & Downloads

Safe Environment Outline Summary (PDF)
State of CT Department of Children and Family Services training (PPT)
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect in the State of CT (PDF)
Overview and Facts of the Diocese of Bridgeport Safe Environment Program (PDF)
Child Abuse Prevention Resources for Parishes and Parents (DOC)
Tips for Parents on Internet “Sexting” & Teens (PDF)
Guidelines for Parents and Teens on Internet Photos (PDF)
Personal Safety Brochure (DOC)

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