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​​​​​​​California law and archdiocesan policies and procedures require all statutory mandated reporters​ to report abuse or neglect of minors in any situation in which a minor might currently be at risk of abuse or neglect, or in which there is the possibility of prosecution, no matter how remote. Archdiocesan policy also requires that those persons also make non-mandatory reports to the archdiocese where the victim is no longer a minor and regardless of where or when the abuse might have happened, if the alleged abuse involves past abuse by clergy, staff, or volunteers. The archdiocese includes vulnerable adults as possible victims about whom a report is to be made on the same basis as a possible minor victim.

The policy is based on mandated reporting duties under California law and the archdiocesan commitment that everyone should fully comply with those responsibilities. The archdiocese also has adopted the non-mandatory reporting policy, which is broader than California law. The policy arises from the archdiocesan commitment to help anyone who may be a victim and cooperate with law enforcement authorities as required by the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons (Norm 11) and the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002. The archdiocesan policy includes training for reporting as part of the annual in-service training at schools and as part of ongoing training for all other clergy, religious, volunteers, and staff in the archdiocese. See the Archdiocesan Policy and Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors to Public Authorities.

When mandated or non-mandated reports are made, the Office of Victims Assistance Ministry is available to assist with referrals or resources. To allow for follow-up and assistance to possible victims and to assure that all allegations are investigated or reported, as applicable, copies of all mandated and non-mandated reports are to be forwarded to the Office of Victims Assistance Ministry at the archdiocese.

To report abuse or neglect: ​

​Los Angeles County

Santa Barbara County

​Ventura County