Clergy Abuse Attorneys work to bring Justice
A shocking number of Catholic priests and other clergy have abused thousands of children and young adults within the last several decades. Recent developments in Pennsylvania have made the horrific problem of priests victimizing children in their charge impossible to ignore. Our clergy abuse attorneys work to bring civil justice to those victimized by priests and other members of the clergy.
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Call or email us now for a free confidential case consultation regarding a potential lawsuit against your abuser(s) and the church or others who enabled that abuse. We work on a contingency fee basis; we don’t get paid or charge fees unless we win compensation for our clients.
The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report
In August 2018 the nation renewed its attention on the problem of clergy sex abuse. At that time the Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed that a shocking number of priest abuse cases went unreported by the church. The Pennsylvania grand jury, which convened for two years, concluded that at least 300 priests had sexually abused more than 1,000 children and underage young people in a period spanning six decades.
Catholic Church coddled, hid abusers
Just as shocking as the jury’s report was its examination of thousands of pages of internal church documents. These documents showed the church’s abject moral failure; churches not only hid the abuse, but coddled the abusers. The typical Catholic dioceses failed to “out” the abusers and protect the children in their charge. Moreover, the grand jury repeatedly found that the church failed to dismiss and punish those accused by multiple eyewitnesses of sexual abuse. The jury also found the church quietly moved sexually abusive priests to other parishes where they often preyed on other unsuspecting children.
States considering Law Changes
Many states are considering changes in their lawsuit deadlines for child sex abuse victims. Longer deadlines enable victims of clergy abuse longer periods of time in which to file a claim against an abuser. For many states, the cutoff date for filing a civil lawsuit against a sexual abuser is age 30, but many people aren’t ready to talk about the abuse they suffered as children until they’ve reached the age of 50, or beyond.
In view of these pragmatic facts, Minnesota has created a three-year window to answer a public outcry for a greater period of time. This window allows past abuse victims to file child sex abuse lawsuits against the church and other institutions. That change came despite the state’s statute of limitations being closed. Subsequently, the result was a very large settlement for many adults who had been abused as children in Minnesota.
The Pennsylvania legislature is also considering a change of law similar to the measures Minnesota and other states have enacted. This change would allow victims of priest abuse and other child sex abuse a longer grace period in which to file their claims. More and more states are now realizing that victims of child sex abuse often deny their own victimization for decades. Overall, many child sex abuse victims do all they can to bury their victimization. As a result, victims often resort to excessive drinking and other forms of self-abuse that sometimes ends in suicide. It is common for victims to take decades before reaching a point of emotional fitness sturdy enough to allow them to pursue a lawsuit against their abuser(s).
Clergy Abuse Attorneys
Our clergy abuse attorneys recognize the emotional difficulty of sharing sexual abuse information with anyone. We have handled clergy abuse cases across the country and in Puerto Rico for more than a decade. We also have many Spanish speakers on staff to help with anyone who’d rather speak with us in Spanish.
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Call us today or email for a free confidential case consultation in a potential clergy abuse lawsuit. We want to help abused people find justice, and we would be honored to help you. If yours is a case that is possible for us to pursue, we pledge to do everything within our power to bring your abuser(s) to justice. We want to hear your story. If you were abused by a trusted elder, we know you’ve already suffered long enough.