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Faced with the crisis of child sexual abuse by clerics that dramatically came to light in 2002, the church set up an aggressive safe environment program that is the envy of other organizations that work with children. 

From the annual audits, we can say the Catholic Church in the United States:

  • Trained 98% of our two million volunteers, employees, educators, clergy, and candidates in parishes in how to create safe environments and prevent child sexual abuse.
  • Prepared more than 4.3 million children to recognize abuse and protect themselves.
  • Ran background checks on close to two million volunteers and employees, 51,977 clerics.

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