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Statement on Clerical Sexual Abuse

March 15, 2019

Georgetown University’s top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our community and we have extensive policies and procedures to prevent and address sexual misconduct and support survivors. We remain saddened and outraged by the clerical sexual abuse crisis and are grateful for the survivors’ courage in speaking out. As the Maryland Province and other entities have shared with us the names of individuals with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors, we have reviewed our records to determine if there were any allegations involving these individuals while they were at Georgetown. While the individuals listed in The Hoya’s reporting spent time at Georgetown at some point in their career, often decades ago, we are unaware of any of their alleged misconduct taking place at Georgetown. Since 2002, all Jesuits hired to work at Georgetown must be in good standing with the order, which includes no credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. 

We take all reports of sexual misconduct very seriously and conduct prompt, thorough, and equitable investigations when reports are filed. We remain deeply committed to preventing and addressing sexual assault and misconduct through comprehensive trainings, programs, and policies and encourage the community to utilize the many campus resources available to survivors and report any misconduct.

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