The Society of Jesus is committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for all children who interact with its members and are involved in its ministries. We have put in place clear standards of conduct for all members as well as procedures for investigating and reporting any allegations of abuse or misconduct to the appropriate civil authorities.
The policies and procedures implemented by the Society of Jesus are accredited by Praesidium, Inc., a national organization that works with religious and other institutions to establish and maintain rigorous standards for protecting children and vulnerable adults. Praesidium provides consultation, risk management, assessment, policy development, and training materials for use in preventing sexual misconduct and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Each province maintains Praesidium accreditation through periodic audits by independent auditors and ongoing training for each Jesuit to establish awareness, prevention and proper response to allegations of sexual misconduct per Praesidium’s accreditation standards.
In addition, each province conducts thorough background checks of all Jesuits to identify any past behavior that might suggest future misconduct. Each province has enhanced screening procedures for all applicants, including criminal background checks.We encourage anyone who has been abused by a member of the Society of Jesus to contact the appropriate authorities, regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred.
We recognize that abuse of any kind causes lasting pain and damage for the abused and their families as well as the larger Catholic and Jesuit communities. We continue to offer compassion, prayers and support for all survivors of abuse and strive to make sure the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
Conversations That Matter
“Conversations that Matter” (CTM) is the name of the continuing education program for Jesuits of the United States and is part of the Society of Jesus’ ongoing commitment to creating safe environments for children and young people. This annual program is designed to assist Jesuits in understanding their evolving roles in maintaining appropriate boundaries in ministry and provide information about resources for the prevention of child sexual abuse. In addition, we envision and hope that CTM will promote community discussions about ways to live our vowed chastity in a spiritually, psychologically and emotionally healthy manner.
- 2020 Accreditation Standards
- Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect – By State – 2019
- Bibliography of Resources, 01-17-13
- Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People – revised 2018
- Instructions for Accessing State Laws Regarding Mandatory Reporting
- Norms and Policies of Internet Presence February 2016
- Review Materials – CTM 2014 (Expanded 2021)
- Review Materials – CTM 2014