The Allentown Diocese developed a new position to combat clergy abuse. Pamela Russo who is a highly qualified and licensed social worker with past experience with child welfare and abuse issues was placed into the role as Diocesan Secretary for Youth Protection and Catholic Human Services. Previously, she held positions with Catholic Human Services, Catholic Charities, and Catholic Social Services. Her new responsibilities include monitoring and improving abuse prevention programs as well as helping clergy abuse victims and survivors in reporting incidences of abuse and applying for compensation funds through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. She plans to review current policies in place regarding child safety and victim assistance and make improvements as needed.
While the creation of compensation funds for clergy abuse victims and survivors appears as a remedy, it still does not hold the actual perpetrators of the abuse accountable. If survivors apply to the program and receive compensation, they may not pursue further action against the abuser or the Catholic church. This may seem like a panacea for some, but for others, it will never erase the turmoil they face on a daily basis.
If you or someone you love suffered from clergy abuse as a child, we will ensure your concerns are heard and justice will be served. Please call our Allentown clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a caring attorney. We represent clients throughout Allentown, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Greensburg, Johnstown, Erie, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre from our offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey and Philadelphia.