KC Diocese Seeing Increased Child Abuse Calls
KANSAS CITY -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph says calls to its child abuse ombudsman have increased 35 percent in the reporting year that ended in June.
The ombudsman said in a report released Thursday that she received 107 calls in the year, compared with 79 the previous reporting year.
Ombudsman Jenifer Valenti attributed the increase to anti-abuse training programs the diocese began in the last year.
The Kansas City Star reports Bishop Robert Finn implemented the child protection programs after a 2011 controversy over his handling of a Catholic priest's production of child pornography.
A Jackson County judge also demanded regular reports on child welfare in the diocese after convicting Finn last year of failing to report suspicions of child abuse.