In a statement released by the Archdiocese of Agana, church officials responded to the newest allegation of child sexual abuse filed in Guam's court.
"The Archdiocese of Agana acknowledges a new allegation of sexual abuse and lawsuit filed by Mr. James Bascon," the statement read. "We extend our prayers to Mr. Bascon and his family."
Bascon became the 13th individual to allege child sexual abuse against an Archdiocese of Agana clergyman when he filed his suit in the Superior Court of Guam last Friday, and is now the seventh individual to specifically name former Guam priest Rev. Louis Brouillard.
The statement released yesterday reiterated the church's stance on the issue of child sexual abuse.
"The Archdiocese is committed to ensuring that all people, most especially minors, are served in a safe, loving and caring environment, fully protected from sexual abuse and harm of any kind," it said. "A Task Force for the Protection of Minors was established more than three months ago comprised of highly experienced professionals. The Task Force has been conducting training of staff and faculty at our Catholic schools for the past two months. Training will extend to the parish level in 2017."
The archdiocese has said that it designated two individuals and two separate 24-hour hotline numbers for the reporting of incidents of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Deacon Leonard Stohr is the Sexual Abuse Response Coordinator (SARC) for the archdiocese. Additionally, Sister Dorothy Lettiere, of the Archdiocesan Victims Support Group, has been added as someone who may also be contacted around the clock.
"We encourage all persons who have knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or others in our Archdiocese, today or in the past, to call Sister Dorothy at 685-7305 or Deacon Len at 727-7373," the statement read. "Deacon Len may also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. All communication is held in the strictest confidence."