United against sexual assault and child abuse

The proclamation signing for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month took place April 3. From left to right, seated are Lt. Commander Joshua Empen of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam; Colonel Joel O. Almosara, Commander of 36th Wing Andersen Air Force Base Guam; Captain Hans. E. Sholley, Commanding Officer U.S. Naval Base Guam; Colonel Ronnie Delfin, Guam National Guard; Rear Admiral Shosana Chatfield, Joint Region Marianas; and Nadine Cepeda (emcee), Guam Department of Education and Association of Individual, Marriage, and Family Therapists. Standing, from left to right, are Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo; Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio; Vice Speaker Therese Terlaje, 34th Guam Legislature; Archbishop Michael Byrnes; Chief of Police Joseph I. Cruz; Dr. Juan Rapadas (emcee); and Chaplain Timothy Moore, Joint Region Marianas. (USY photo/Tony C. Diaz)

By the Umatuna Si Yu’os

The Archdiocese of Agaña joins partners in the government, military and private sectors in observing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes was among officials at the proclamation signing and legislative resolution presentation Tuesday, April 3 at Guam Community College’s Multi-purpose Auditorium. Our archdiocese has been a longtime member of the Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence.

Archbishop Byrnes receives Visionary Voice Award

After being honored with the 2018 Visionary Voice Award, Archbishop Byrnes, third from the left, is joined in a photo, from left to right, by the Archdiocese of Agaña’s Safe Environment Coordinator Tricia Tenorio, Director of Communications Tony C. Diaz, Archbishop Byrnes, original members of the Task Force for the Protection of Minors Atty. John Weisenberger and Vince Pereda; and Chair of the archdiocese Independent Review Board Dr. Juan Rapadas. (Photo courtesy of Tricia Tenorio)

Archbishop Byrnes was named recipient of the Coalition’s Visionary Voice Award for 2018 for his leadership in major improvements the archdiocese has made to its sexual abuse policy and the safeguarding of its children. In brief remarks, the archbishop gave credit to others in the Church, including the many people who are part of the archdiocese’s online and live training on the protection of children.