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Archdiocese prepares to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month


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BRAINTREE -- Since 2002, the Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection has overseen efforts to keep children protected and has provided support to those who have been victims of clergy sexual abuse. The office works throughout the year to educate the public on its efforts and on ways to prevent child abuse, and in April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the office is doubling down on getting that information out to the public.

In preparation for the month, the office is sending out posters promoting child protection, and is encouraging parishes to talk about National Child Abuse Prevention Month in their bulletins. A Mass of Thanksgiving for those serving in Child Protection Ministries is planned for April 1.

"The ministry of keeping kids safe is critical to the Church, and it's not just something that we do because a charter tells us that we have to. All of the efforts that go into keeping kids safe in parishes are far beyond just checking off a box," said Vivian Soper, director of the Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection, March 29.

"Our goal with all of this is to get that message out there, to get it to be part of people's talking points," she said.

Part of the efforts the Archdiocese of Boston has made to keep children safe include the "Protecting God's Children" training, which is a requirement for adult volunteers and employees with the Church.

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