The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, also known as the Dallas Charter, is a comprehensive set of procedures addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. Developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and established in June 2002, the charter has impacted survivors, their families, and everyone in the Church for the last two decades. In light of these past 20 years, panelists will ask: What has happened since the Dallas Charter was promulgated in 2002, and what is the way forward for the next 20 years? What progress has been made, what has failed to happen, and what voices have been neglected or marginalized? What might the next 20 years look like with a focus on hope, healing, and restorative transformation processes?
This event will feature the voices of frontline workers - scholars, journalists, writers, and advocates - who have been at the heart of the response to the sexual abuse atrocity, beginning in 1992 and continuing after the promulgation of the Dallas Charter. What have they seen as progress and as lack of progress? What are the obstacles and opportunities going forward? These voices will provide a balanced yet critical perspective about what they saw, what they heard, and what they learned from walking with survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their families.