Our Demands

Our demands are fair. Our demands are reasonable. Our demands should be normative for any church.

They include:

  • Taking abuse seriously.
  • An end to victim-shaming and demonization.
  • Forbidding clergy from engaging in retaliation for the filing of Title IV complaints.
  • Ending the diocese’s current practice of requiring victims of abuse to go to court to obtain redress.
  • Ending the diocese’s current practice of dismissing Title IV complaints on the basis that criminal charges have not been brought.
  • Ending the diocese’s current practice of ignoring victims of abuse on the basis that bishops “should not get too involved.
  • Taking formal action to intervene in high-conflict parishes and situations through use of outside experts.
  • Retracting in writing untruthful statements made by diocesan officials about existing conflicts.
  • Making clear that whistleblowers are honored and respected, and acting in the church’s best interest.
  • Adopting written whistleblower and anti-bullying provisions.
  • Adding bullying to existing safe church training.
  • Removing church officials, chancellors, intake officers, and others who have covered up abuse or aided and abetting it by turning a blind eye.