Cases of sexual abuse in Catholic churches around the country have become an increasingly disturbing phenomenon. With the news of more abuse by priests and other religious leaders hitting the news, more victims are finding the courage to come forward with their stories.
Clergy Abuse Update 5/25/12: This week, thousands of documents concerning nine Roman Catholic priests who settled a landmark clergy abuse lawsuit in 2006 were made public. The newly-released files provide a detailed look into the accusations, as well as reveal instances when members of the clergy were allowed to interact with children despite their superiors being aware of previous indiscretions. Click here to learn more.
Catholic Sexual Abuse Update 4/12/12: The number of reports of sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests skyrocketed by more than 15% last year, according to a recent audit released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 2011, there were nearly 500 credible reports filed against Roman Catholic priests or deacons nationwide. Click here to learn more.
What’s the problem?
Sadly, survivors of sexual abuse from the Catholic church often suffer lifelong injuries. Many victims suffer from a variety of illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Oftentimes, victims of sexual assault manifest their symptoms in a variety of ways including inability to hold down steady employment, drug abuse, interpersonal conflicts, criminal offenses, and difficulty in maintaining long-term relationships.
In the United States alone, Catholic churches have paid more than $2 billion in compensation to victims. A nine-year government study, the Ryan Report, published in May 2009, revealed that beatings and humiliation by nuns and priests were common at institutions that held up to 30,000 children. The investigation found that Catholic priests and nuns for decades “terrorized thousands of boys and girls, while government inspectors failed to stop the abuse.”
Sex abuse survivors must work through incredibly complex emotions as they take back their power from the perpetrators who abused them and the institutions that sponsored the sexual abuse. This process often takes a long time. For many survivors of sexual abuse by the Catholic church, it is a huge step even to admit to themselves – let alone to others – that such unspeakable crimes were committed against them. Survivors of priest abuse may feel guilty, angry, cut off from loved ones, and isolated. We want to assure you that you are not alone, and that you have legal rights.
Do I have a Priest Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Catholic church priest & clergy sex abuse lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Catholic Priest Sexual Abuse Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been abused by a priest or any other member of the Catholic church, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.