Tracking Violations of Article 3 of the Dallas Charter

Susan Vance, SNAP Leader in Tennessee, has launched a new intiative called "Silenced No Longer" and we are hoping you or survivors you know may be able to help Susan as she tracks violations of the USCCB's Dallas Charter. Read on for more information on the project and how you can get involved to help. 

This is a public call for all US-based victims/survivors who have signed any kind of agreement with the Catholic Church. If you have signed an agreement as part of a settlement or compensation program in the past, read below to learn more about the Silenced No More initiative and how you can help us hold the USCCB accountable.

Quick summary of the problem:

We are gathering information for an investigative report. Article 3 of the Dallas Charter says that victims are NOT to be silenced by the church, unless the victim requests the silencing. However, since 2002, many dioceses/epiarchies/religious orders have continued to allow non-disclosure agreements, non-disparaging agreements or other silencing language to be included in settlement against victim's wishes. This is a blatant violation of the Dallas Charter but it has not been detected or corrected in 18 years of USCCB audits of the dioceses/eparchies.  

How You Can Help:
If you have ever signed an agreement with a Catholic diocese/epiarchy/religious order in the United States concerning clergy sexual abuse, you can help. 
Please fill out one of the following online forms.
Why ask for info BEFORE 2002?  It will help to compare and contrast what was done before the Dallas Charter and what was done after. It will show that many things did not change.  (Samples of silencing language in settlements with the Catholic Church.)

Here is the actual wording of Article 3 in the Dallas Charter: ARTICLE 3. Dioceses/eparchies are not to enter into settlements which bind the parties to confidentiality, unless the victim/survivor requests confidentiality and this request is noted in the text of the agreement.

For more information, please click here to go to their website, 

Important: This is NOT a project where you will be identified without your consent. We are amassing evidence of violations of Article 3. You will not be identified without express consent. If a reporter wishes to talk to you, a SNAP leader will contact you first to ask your permission. You are under no obligation to say anything. Your input to prove that the Church violated the Dallas Charter speaks loudly, and we thank you for your help!

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  • Alexandra White
    published this page in Blog 2020-10-19 13:38:32 -0500

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