The person who sexually abuses and exploits can be just about anyone – a father or mother; a sister or brother; an aunt or uncle, a teacher; a coach; a priest, minister, rabbi or clergy person; a neighbor; a friend; a stranger – sexual abusers can usually be identified only by the individual they abuse. Often times the victim is the only person who knows.

Whoever they are, no matter how rich or powerful, well-known or well-liked, if they sexually abuse or exploit you, they are committing a crime. If someone has sexually abused you or exploited you, and you feel that the time is right to come forward, there are professionals you can talk to about your experience. They can assist you in getting the help you need.

You do not have to face your abuser. You don’t have to give any information you are not comfortable disclosing. It does not matter how long ago the abuse was. Assistance is available to you.

Who to Call to Report Suspected Abuse

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator:

Roxann Storms, MSW, LICSW, FT
(320) 529-4615 (Confidential Line)

Diocesan Victim Advocates:

Jane Blee                       St. Cloud
Tom Klecker                   St. Joseph
Jim Otremba                   Sauk Rapids
Dolores Saurer                Fergus Falls
Rev. Stanley Wieser        Wheaton (Spanish)
Jennifer Wirz                   Central MN

The National Hotline for Child Abuse: 1-800-422-4453 
 
If you believe there is immediate danger, call your local Law Enforcement Agency at “911”

Benton County Human Services
(320) 968-5087

Douglas County Social Services
(320) 762-2302

Grant County Social Services
(218) 685-8200

Isanti County Family Services
(763) 689-1711

Kanabec County Family Services
(320) 679-6350

Mille Lacs County Community and Veteran’s Services
(320) 983-8208

Morrison County Social Services
(320) 632-2951
(800) 269-1464

Otter Tail County Social Services
(218) 998-8150

Pope County Family Services
(320) 634-5750

Sherburne County Social Services
(763) 241-2600
(800) 433-5239

Stearns County Human Services
(320) 656-6000
(800) 450-3663

Stevens County Human Services
(320) 589-7400

Todd County Social Services
(320) 732-4500

Traverse County Social Services
(320) 563-8255

Wadena County Social Services
(218) 631-7605

Wilkin County Family Services
(218) 643-7161


What to Do When Someone Reports Abuse

What to do when someone reports abuse:

- Keep calm
- Be supportive
- Listen non-judgmentally
- Report to appropriate authorities
- Seek medical attention, if appropriate

What not to do when someone reports abuse:

- Do not overwhelm the person
- Do not press for details
- Do not make any promises that you are not sure you will be able to keep
- Do not confront the offender (leave this to the proper authorities).

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