A Room With A Pew

          Paul Fericano writes a regular online column,  A Room With A Pew, that addresses issues related to clergy sexual abuse and the healing process.  

Welcome to SafeNet


     Established in March of 2003, SafeNet is a nonprofit organization founded by survivors of clergy sexual abuse that supports healing for all who have been victimized by the crisis. Since that time we have helped hundreds of survivors, family members, friends and communities.

     While our focus in the past has been on survivors, secondary survivors, parishes, communities and religious in the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, we are now available to the principals in all dioceses. SafeNet is not alligned with any religion or religious organization. We strive to work directly with all sides and to engage in honest dialogue. 

The Passing of Mario Cimmarrusti, O.F.M.

Posted November 24, 2013
Mario Cimmarrusti, O.F.M., died on Saturday, November 23, 2013,
at Memorial Hospital in Modesto, California. He was 82 years old.

SafeNet Brochure

You can now download and print copies of our informational brochure!  

Court Documents and Depositions: Franciscans

Posted May 23, 2012
     In 2011 the California Supreme Court declined to hear the Franciscans' Petition to Review, regarding the release of confidential files and the depublication of the appellate court's ruling in favor of plaintiffs.
     May 23, 2012, marks the public release of all relative documents under the terms of the 2006 settlement. SafeNet is posting these documents here and will post other documents as they become available.

Survivor Outreach Services

        By partnering with various dioceses, agencies and ministries, SafeNet's Survivor Outreach Services offers survivors options and services that aid and further the healing process, including access to therapy, educational assistance, emergency financial aid and support for restorative justice programs.

An Open Letter to All Survivors and to All Who Have Been Hurt by the Clergy Abuse Crisis

        Important: The intent of this Open Letter is to raise awareness of how everyone, not just survivors, has felt the impact of the clergy abuse crisis. Survivors were the driving force behind this letter, but you don't have to be a survivor to participate. We are urging anyone who feels they've been affected by this crisis and who agrees with what is being put forward here, to add their name to the Open Letter.
        This will be an ongoing project of SafeNet. Names will be added and updated regularly. If you would like to sign, please send us an email. Instructions for doing so are at the end of the Open Letter.  

The Garden of Forgiveness

PLEASE NOTE: The Garden of Forgiveness as outlined in the proposal presented here has been rejected by the community of Franciscans at Old Mission Santa Barbara (2010) and by the leadership (Definitorium) of the Province of St. Barbara, Oakland, California (2010).
SafeNet remains clear in its belief: The Garden of Forgiveness is an integral part of the healing process and a welcoming path to restorative justice for the Santa Barbara community in particular and the greater community at large. We are hopeful that the future will support this.  

Office of Pastoral Outreach for Survivors of Clergy Abuse

      If you believe you were a victim of clergy abuse by a member of the Franciscan religious order (Province of St. Barbara), while attending St. Anthony's Seminary in Santa Barbara or at any other Franciscan seminary, parish or facility; or if you are a family member of a survivor, a former schoolmate, a parishioner, or anyone else that has been impacted by the abuse, the Pastoral Outreach Coordinator, Angelica Jochim, MFT, is available for assistance and support.  You can contact her by phone, mail, or email. Please Note: All communications are private and confidential. Your identity will not be revealed to the Franciscans. 

To learn more about the Office of Pastoral Outreach for Survivors of Clergy Abuse visit: www.pastoraloutreach.org 
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