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Safe Environment

To Report Known or Suspected Neglect or Abuse, Call the Department of Human Services Statewide Abuse Hotline:

1-800-522-3511

Reporting in MANDATORY if the victim is under 18 years old. If you think a child (under 18 years of age) is in immediate danger call 911.

The Statewide Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Statewide Abuse Hotline may be used to report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a child or vulnerable adult. When you make a report, you will be asked for specific information, such as:

• The name of the victim and location

• The name and relationship (if known) of the person you believe is abusing the child or vulnerable person

• What you have seen or heard regarding the abuse or neglect

• The names of any other people who might know about the abuse

• Your name and phone number: This is voluntary. You may remain anonymous.

To report abuse by Archdiocesan Personnel or someone representing the Catholic Church Archdiocesan Policies require that after reporting on the Statewide Abuse Hotline you contact the Archdiocesan Pastoral Response Hotline:  (405) 720-9878

Or

The Office of the Vicar General: 1-800-721-5651

 

Safe Environment

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City through its programs, organizations and events, has numerous daily contacts with many children and young people.  It is, therefore important that all Archdiocesan Personnel, clergy, seminarians, religious, employees and volunteers, protect the rights of children and be alert to the possibility for child abuse. 

Under Oklahoma State law, all individuals MUST report an incident or suspicion of sexual abuse of a minor (person under 18 years of age) to the civil authorities.  The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has established a statewide abuse reporting hotline for reporting:  1-800-522-3511This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you feel a child is in immediate danger of harm call 911.

For the safety of children and the healing of victims, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City provides an Abuse of Minors Pastoral Response Hotline for reporting the abuse of a minor (in the past or presently) by a member of the clergy or other church personnel:   1-405-720-9878.    The Archdiocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator, a licensed professional counselor, will respond to calls to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Response Hotline. 

A report to the Archdiocese does not relieve the individual of the duty to report child abuse to civil authorities as required by Oklahoma State Law.  In Oklahoma, failure to report child abuse is a misdemeanor punishable in law.

Contact Information

Contact Bertha Rodriguez
405-224-6068
brodriguez
@holynamechickasha.org
Position Director of Religious Education