Catholic Diocese of KC-St.Joe releases annual report on sexual abuse


Dia Wall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The catholic diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is releasing its latest numbers on reported sexual abuse.

This week, the Office of Child and Youth Protection sent 41 Action News the latest information on investigations, training and victim’s services.

To date, there are:

6 pending investigations
4 substantiated claims
4 cleared cases
3 unsubstantiated cases
1 referred to religious community

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Carrie Cooper is the director of the child and youth protection office. She said after the Shawn Ratigan scandal of 2011 the church, “Really needed a concentrated effort that was direct and transparent and accountable after a trust was breached in our diocese.”

This is the fourth annual report her office has released since its creation.

In the last year, close to 12,000 children and youth have gone through specialized training on how to recognize and report suspected abuse. More than 2,000 adults took part in training as well.

Cooper said as a result, there has been a sharp increase in reports of boundary violations in situations like, “If someone kissed someone that was in a role where that wouldn’t be appropriate.”

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