Reporting an Incident

How To Report Sexual Abuse of a Child

To Civil Authorities

The Diocese of La Crosse encourages anyone with knowledge of abuse of a child to immediately make a report to civil authorities, by contacting your local police department or county sheriff’s department. A directory of Wisconsin’s county sheriff’s departments can be found here.

To The Diocese of La Crosse

The Diocese of La Crosse, through its policies and procedures, seeks to provide a prompt, appropriate and compassionate response to reporters of sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan agent (priest, deacon, employee, religious, vendor, or volunteer). Anyone wishing to make a report of an allegation of sexual abuse should please fill out the report form and mail that report to: 

Mrs. Teresa Brown
Complaint Intake Agent
The Diocese of La Crosse
P.O. Box 4004
La Crosse, WI 54602-4004

Alternatively, you can contact Mrs. Brown at 608.791.0179 or

Allegations Involving a Bishop

To report misconduct involving a bishop, visit the Catholic Bishops Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR)
at or call 1-800-276-1562.

How To Receive Pastoral or Other Assistance

Victims of sexual abuse and their families, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are invited to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance.
Such assistance can be received from:

Deacon Tom Skemp, Victim Assistance Coordinator at 608.792.9684