Savannah Diocesan efforts for prevention will focus on screening and education.Anyone sexually abused as a minor or who knows about a case of sexual abuse of a minor should immediately report it to the civil authorities.
Romeo and Juliet laws were passed in 2007 in Connecticut and Indiana. Limon case, Kansas's Romeo and Juliet law was found to be unconstitutional because it excluded same-sex sexual conduct.
In order to protect the children and young people of the Diocese of Savannah from such abuse on the part of personnel acting in the name of the Diocese, this policy addresses the need for prevention, reporting and investigation of allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
It endeavors to provide a means of outreach to those who have been abused and the communities who are harmed by the abuse.
To date, a mere 4 accused bishops have been laicized: Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez of Paraguay (2008), Raymond J. Resigned October 2002, age 66, per canon 401.2 after reports he abused young men and boys. Sentenced to eight years in prison; given house arrest instead. Remained Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz archbishop emeritus. Another allegation involved unspecified abuse of two teen choirboys in 1990s. Resigned 1991, age 63, after charged with sex crimes. Found with 100,000 child abuse images on his laptop and Vatican-owned computer.
Lahey of Canada (2012), Gabino Miranda Melgarejo of Peru (2013), and Jsef Wesołowski of Poland (2014). Pell's office called the allegations "totally untrue" and accused ABC of a "scandalous smear campaign." In a 2nd statement, Pell urged an inquiry of the Victoria police, accusing them of leaking reports to the ABC. Convicted 1996 of 1960s rape and indecent assault on two young aboriginal women. Released from house arrest after 60 days; free to move around Vatican City State beginning late November 2014.