To report any suspicion of abuse by any Church personnel, please contact local law enforcement. In addition, anyone who has knowledge of sexual abuse or misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Seattle should call the
Victim Assistance Helpline at
The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) has been established to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops, and to relay those reports to proper Church authorities for investigation. Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will also be reported to civil authorities.
Call the EthicsPoint hotline or report online to identify any ethical violations or violations of archdiocesan policies in Many Gifts, One Spirit, our pastoral and sacramental policies. EthicsPoint is an independent third-party company that provides a confidential hotline so anyone can report concerns about suspected financial or human resources misconduct while remaining anonymous.
We believe that our people are our most important asset. By creating open channels of communication, we can promote a positive work environment and maximize productivity. An effective reporting system augments our other efforts to foster a culture of integrity and ethical decision-making.
We certainly do. The archdiocese chooses to promote ethical behavior. In fact, we need you to report because you may have initial knowledge of an activity that may be cause for concern. All unethical conduct, at any level, ultimately hurts the archdiocese and all employees, volunteers and parishioners, including you. Your reporting can help identify issues that can improve the archdiocese.
When you observe behavior you believe violates our code of conduct, we expect you to report it. Ideally, employees should bring concerns to their direct manager, or another leadership member at the parish, school or archdiocesan office. Volunteers or parishioners should bring concerns to local leadership teams. However, we recognize there may be circumstances when you are not comfortable reporting that way. That's why we partnered with EthicsPoint. We would rather you report anonymously than keep the information to yourself.
Reports are entered directly on the EthicsPoint secure server to prevent any possible breach in security. EthicsPoint makes these reports available only to specific individuals within the archdiocese who are charged with evaluating the report, based on the type of violation and location of the incident. Each of these report recipients is trained to keep these reports in the utmost confidence.