Another Avenue for Reporting: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Tim McGuire, a survivor in the Norwich Diocese, has been in touch with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). After hearing about Tim’s story, representatives from the NCMEC have encouraged him to file a complaint against Bishop Cote of the Norwich Diocese. Tim wants other survivors to know that they can make a report, too!
Anyone who was abused in a religious institution or setting is able to file a complaint with the NCMEC and they will forward the complaint to civil authorities. They will also keep records of the number of complaints against an individual or a diocese.
If you are willing to file a complaint, your complaint would state that you were abused in the a specific diocese by a priest or nun, and then the church failed to help you and did not prevent further abuse by removing the offender.
You can call NCMEC and report abuse, but it is not necessary to give your name. It doesn’t matter when the abuse happened. All cases can be reported. The ultimate goal of making these reports to the NCMEC is to force the dioceses to release their secret files and to encourage the press to publicize their refusal to help victims.
Please help pressure the church and draw attention to their wrongdoing.
The confidential, toll-free reporting hotline for the NCMEC is 1-800-843-5678.
If you have questions, please Tim at 860-235-0845 or send him an email.