Youth & Child Protection
For information on the causes and context study by the John Jay College for Criminal Justice, please go to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website.
The Diocese of Des Moines is committed to the protection of young people in the Church. Please see below for information on how to report sexual abuse.
Bishop Pates received a letter dated Dec. 21, 2012 from StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, New York stating the Diocese of Des Moines is in compliance with the data collection requirements for the 2010/2011 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People audit period.
Report Abuse in Iowa
If you suspect that a child is in imminent danger, please call 911 immediately.
Report Suspected Child Abuse
To report suspected child abuse, please contact:
The Department of Human Services
Victim Assistance Contacts at the Diocese of Des Moines
Sr. Jude Fitzpatrick, Chancellor
Sherry Knox, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Bishop Pates column addressing issues of sexual abuse
June, 2010 -- published in The Catholic Mirror, shortened version in The Des Moines Register
Column in Spanish