Office of Assistance Ministry
The Office of Assistance Ministry provides pastoral care, support and resources to victim/survivors of clerical sexual abuse, and their loved ones, in their efforts to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing. Since its creation as one of the first victim assistance ministries in the United States, the Office of Assistance Ministry has provided services and support to over 400 victims-survivors and their family members.
You have the right to report your story, and we are here to help, listen and connect you to the right services. To ensure the best resources and investigation practices are engaged, we encourage all allegations concerning the abuse and/or neglect of minors are reported to the DCFS Hotline (1-800-25-ABUSE) and/or the local police department first before reaching out to the Office of the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY). If you need to report historical abuse, please contact OPCY at 312.534.5254.
Outreach and Resources
The Office of Assistance Ministry and its professional staff recognize that, for many, it’s difficult to find the courage to let officials of the Archdiocese know they were sexually abused by a member of the church. After a formal allegation is made, the office offers a variety of services including counseling, spiritual direction, support groups and other social services to support them with their healing process. Many victims/survivors and their families have found this list of resources helpful. (PDF)
Thomas P. Tharayil, LCSW, BCD
Ruth Robinson, BSW