How to Report Sexual Abuse

Anyone who has reason to believe or might suspect that a child has been abused or is being abused must report their suspicions first to civil authorities. All allegations of abuse by clergy, employees or volunteers of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, involving minors, also are to be reported to the dioceses:

Office for Child and Youth Protection
Julie Sparacio, director
707.566.3308
jsparacio@srdiocese.org

 
Every allegation will be treated seriously and immediate steps will be taken to protect the alleged victim(s). These actions will be taken discretely to protect the confidentiality and the rights of both the victim and the alleged abuser.
 
Investigation following the report should be left to duly appointed professionals. State law requires people in certain positions to make such reports. These people are referred to as “Mandatory Reporters.” All other adults, called “Ethical Reporters” also should  report suspected abuse.

Instructions for reporting

Cases of alleged abuse in which the abuser and the victim are of the same household are to be reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) while cases in which the alleged victim and the accused do not share a household should be reported to law enforcement authorities (sheriff department or local police).

Del Norte County

Humboldt County

Lake County

Child Welfare Services
707.464.3191

Del Norte County Sheriff
707.464.4191

Child Welfare Services
707.445.6180

Humboldt County Sheriff
707.822.2428

Child Welfare Services
707.262.0235

Lake County Sheriff
707.262.4200

Mendocino County

Napa County

Sonoma County

Child Protective Services
707.463.5600

Mendocino County Sheriff
707.459.6111

Child Protective Services
707.253.4261

Napa County Sheriff
707.253.4451

Child Protective Services
707.565.4304

Sonoma County Sheriff
707.565.2121