17 Dec 2018

Loyola supports victims of abuse

On Monday, December 17, the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus released the names of Jesuits in the Province who have had credible allegations of sexual abuse brought against them. The list covers the span of time from the mid-1950s to the present and includes Jesuits of the former Chicago, Detroit, and Wisconsin Provinces, which have been combined into the USA Midwest Province.

No Jesuit that has worked at Loyola has had any credible allegations brought against him.

While Loyola has had no credible allegations brought against any of the lay or Jesuit former staff members who have worked at the school, the reality that clergy and lay people have violated the trust and well-being of students and vulnerable adults at other Jesuit institutions is real and undeniable.

Here are some links that may be helpful:

Resources pertaining to the abuse of children and vulnerable adults, including how an allegation is filed and handled: Click here

A letter from the Provincial: Click here

Press Release: Click here

Link to Presidium, our accrediting agency: Click here

Should you wish to speak to someone at the school, please contact Fr. Mark.

You may also contact Therese Marz in her capacity as Human Resources coordinator or a spiritual director as needed.

 

We want to assure everyone in our community and especially our current families that we consider a student’s safety and well-being as our top priority. To that end, all of our adult employees and volunteers go through the following procedures and professional development to ensure a safe school culture: Before hiring, a criminal background check is conducted with fingerprinting. Protecting God’s Children training is required to work with students. All Archdiocesan protocols are followed. In addition to these measures the Jesuits have had additional ongoing professional development and accreditation through the Midwest Province.

Anyone who has been abused by a member of the Province or lay professional at our school, should contact the appropriate law enforcement or child protection agency, no matter what amount of time has passed since the abuse. Contact information for Province staff, as well as for law enforcement and child protection agencies, is posted on the Province web site at www.jesuitsmidwest.org. In addition, victims may contact Ms. Marjorie O’Dea, the Province Director of the Office of Safe Environment at 773 975 6876 or by mail at the USA Midwest Province, 1010 North Hooker Street, Chicago, Illinois 60642.

 

We continue to pray for the victims, as well as the perpetrators.

 

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