Catholic Commission Seeks Additional Input From Victims

CLEVELAND - The Special Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Cleveland is asking for comment from more victims of sexual abuse by clergy on how to deal with the problem and its aftermath, Action News reported.

Victims can comment in person before members of the commission, in an interview with a single member or by e-mail or regular mail, according to William Denihan, chair of the 23-member independent commission that was created at the request of Bishop Anthony Pilla.

Victim identities will be confidential, and Denihan said that they can comment anonymously if they wish.

"Protecting our children from sex offenders is of primary importance, but we are also concerned with what happens with victims when abuse does occur," Denihan said.

He added that victims might wish to review the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" that was adopted last month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The charter can be viewed at either or

Comments can be sent via e-mail to or by regular mail at the following address:

  • Special Commission on Sexual Abuse
    10503 Lake Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Those who wish to comment in person should contact the commission by regular mail, e-mail or phoning (216) 281-8717 to arrange an appointment.

Denihan said that comments should be sent as soon as possible because the commission needs to meet the 90-day deadline of mid-September set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Comments will be collected until Aug. 9.