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Please Note

SafeNet's website is currently undergoing reconstruction. All pages and links will be operational in time. When completed, the site will contain SafeNet's complete archives and serve as an information portal for past and current  issues pertaining to clergy abuse. 

   Thank for your understanding and patience. 

A Room With A Pew

        A Room With A Pew is a unique column offering a fresh perspective on clergy abuse and the healing process. Using memoir, stories and poetry, the column reflects the experiences and opinions of Paul Fericano, a survivor of clergy sexual abuse who attended St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, California, in the sixties.  

 SafeNet's List of Franciscan Offenders 

Release Forthcoming Pending Final Review

SafeNet Archive / Documents and Files

2003 - 2016

Welcome to SafeNet

   Offering Help and Hope for All Survivors of Clergy Abuse


          SafeNet is an all-volunteer advocacy group founded by survivors of clergy sexual abuse that promotes and supports the entire healing process. Its primary focus is on the needs of survivors with regard to health and well-being. It is not aligned with any religion or religious group.

         When survivors of clergy abuse are listened to and believed, they become empowered to use their own voices to bring a measure of peace to their lives. Over the years, SafeNet has assisted hundreds of men and women by encouraging them to utilize the resources available to them, including psychological, emotional, and legal counseling, as well as various other health and wellness support services.

         Established in 2003, SafeNet continues to communicate with church officials willing to promote genuine pastoral outreach, establish options for restorative justice, and to implement policies of transparency and disclosure.  This assistance extends to parishes, communities, perpetrators, and both diocesan and religious order  members of the clergy.

        Pursuing the truth that lies beneath the surface of clergy sexual abuse often requires looking in dark and forbidden places. SafeNet acknowledges that certain risks are a component of the healing process. As a volunteer group of men and women survivors, SafeNet is focused on and committed to helping others find the answers they need with respect, understanding, and compassion, three elements essential to every stage of recovery.  

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