Reporting Sexual Misconduct
Incidents of sexual misconduct are a cause of grave personal tragedy. The Diocese of San Jose is deeply committed to addressing this problem, not only as an employer but also, and above all, as bearer of the Gospel message. Sexual misconduct is contrary to the fundamental dignity of each person, to our faith in Jesus Christ and to the teachings of the Church. Therefore, beyond any provisions of civil law, sexual misconduct by personnel of the Diocese of San Jose is inappropriate and is never within the scope of their duties, employment, or volunteer service.
In dealing with all accusations of sexual misconduct involving any diocesan personnel, including clergy, the Diocese of San Jose has established an Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA). The OPCVA is responsible for responding to all reported allegations of sexual misconduct in a prompt, confidential and thorough manner. Every effort is made to show compassion and consideration for all involved. The prime concern of the Diocese is the survivor/victim and his/her family.
For additional information or to report sexual misconduct, please contact the Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults at 408-983-0113.
Diocese of San Jose’s Victim Assistance Coordinator Contact Information:
Griselda Cervantez – Phone 408-983-0225 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandated & Ethical Reporters
Volunteers of the Diocese of San Jose are considered “Ethical Reporters,” as opposed to employees who are “Mandated Reporters.” It is the responsibility of each Ethical Reporter to comply with the diocese’s expectations to assist in the protection of youth and vulnerable adults, which requires all volunteers to report any suspicions and/or awareness of abuse to a diocesan staff member on site, who is then responsible for reporting the incident to the appropriate authorities immediately (or as soon as practically possible within 24 hours).
Reporting Agencies & Contact Information: