Vermont diocese hires counselor for sex abuse victims – Associated Press

In an effort to make right on past wrongs, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has hired a mental health counselor experienced in treating sex abuse to help victims of acts perpetrated by clergy and others.

"The counselor, Sheila Conroy, will serve as a victim assistance coordinator “to assist in bringing about healing, justice and peace for those suffering from sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and others employed by the church in years past,” the news release said.

Survivors can contact Conroy directly. She will provide therapeutic service and “confidentially communicate” victims’ needs and concerns with diocesan leaders to provide the best care plan.

She has held positions as contractor to the state of Vermont, dealing with the effects of sexual abuse on children and their families."


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