Safe environment-sex abuse awareness programs
Diocese of Brooklyn
The Diocese of Brooklyn has ongoing Programs addressing Sex abuse awareness training.
For ADULTS- The Virtus program: Protecting God's Children is mandated for employees and volunteers who have access to children in our parishes or schools. The three-hour program is offered in many parishes throughout the Diocese at the request of the parish. Virtus is also held every month at both the Diocesan Offices at 310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn and at the Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. To locate a site and time, log on to virtus.org and register. If you have difficulty registering, call the Safe Environment Office for assistance (718) 229-8001. If you need help with some other aspect of the computer training go to firstname.lastname@example.org All adults in the Diocese are welcome to attend sessions. Parents and caretakers of children are especially encouraged to attend.
For CHILDREN- The Child Lures Program is offered in both Catholic Schools and in Religious Education programs throughout the Diocese. The program is used to teach children to keep themselves safe from all predators who might harm them. There is a parent guide in English and Spanish. The web site for further information and resources is www.childlures.org. Call your local parish, Religious Education Office or Catholic School for information.
For YOUTH- A program has been developed and field testing will begin
in the Spring of 2006. It was designed with the input of seventy teenagers from ten Catholic High Schools and two Youth Ministry programs as well as campus ministers and guidance counselors from thirteen Catholic High Schools. Call the Safe Environment Office for further information. (718) 229-8001
For PARENTS and CARETAKERS- The Virtus Program and a Parent Program focused on Child Lures is offered to all parents and caretakers. Parent News Letters are sent to the parishes for distribution in the community in the spring and fall. The staff of the Safe Environment Office encourages everyone to go to Virtus.org or to the Child Lures Web site. There is new information every two or three weeks on both sites.