The disturbing increase in the numbers of clergy sexual abuse cases involving children has prompted the national network of attorneys available through Injury Help Desk to reach out to help victims seek the legal compensation to which they may be entitled.
Throughout history churches have been sacred sanctuaries of trust in which our morals have been codified and passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, ministers of faith have far too often taken advantage of this trust to sexually assault and abuse innocent victims.
In addition, efforts to cover up this sexual abuse have made churches and church officials even more culpable in causing lifelong physical and psychological damage on boys and girls who suffered because of this heinous conduct.
If you or a loved one was the victim of such abuse a new network of national attorneys available through Injury Help Desk has been established to provide specialized skills in seeking compensation for the pain inflicted.
Important! There may be legal time limits involved in clergy abuse lawsuits and settlements that can negatively affect your legal options to seek damages so please contact us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation to analyze your case.
There are staggering figures being compiled about how many people were victims of clergy sexual abuse, how many clergy abuse lawsuits have been filed and how much money has been paid out in lawsuits and settlements.
While clergy sexual abuse occurs in all types of religions the most commonly reported, according to a recent report by CNN, is that over $3.8 billion has been paid out to more than 8,600 victims by the Catholic Church. And that figure is just in the United States.
Court records across the country reveal that clergy sexual assault lawsuits also have been filed against clergy in the following religious organizations, among others:
- The Southern Baptist Church
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Methodist Church
- Lutheran Church
- Presbyterian Church
- Episcopal Church
- Orthodox Jewish
- Greek Orthodox
- Episcopal Church
- Jehovah’s Witnesses
What are the grounds for a clergy abuse lawsuit? The standards vary in each state but most have common factors that allow you to seek damages for the following reasons:
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual molestation
- Sexual battery
- Child pornography
- Indecent exposure
- Internet sex crimes
- Sexual harassment
In addition, institutions as well as individuals may be liable for damages in clergy sex abuse lawsuits on the following grounds:
- Failure to have a mandatory abuse reporting policy
- Failure to prevent abuse
- Failure to report abuse
- Concealing the abuse
- Withholding abuse evidence from authorities or victims
- Failure to provide adequate training and security
- Failure to conduct adequate background checks on employees
What damages have victims of clergy sexual abuse been paid in clergy abuse lawsuits? Medical expenses, medicinal expenses, psychological counseling expenses, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses are the most common.
Victims of clergy sexual abuse also are eligible to collect damages for pain and suffering and future medical expenses as well as possible punitive damages. Each case is different so please contact us as soon as possible at Injury Help Desk so we can provide a free case evaluation to spell out your possible legal options.
As lawmakers are slowly coming to realize, victims of clergy sexual abuse may be so traumatized that it takes decades for them to come forth with the facts of the terrible sexual crimes that were committed by clergy who held such powerful positions of authority over them.
Therefore, laws are changing that may affect your right to seek a clergy sexual abuse lawsuit in your state dependent upon what the statute of limitations may be. So, please contact the national network of lawyers available through Injury Help Desk immediately to protect your right to file a clergy abuse lawsuit and seek the compensation for which you may be eligible.
The effects of clergy sexual abuse have been proven to be long-lasting and severe. Such victims frequently suffer the following disorders:
- Anxiety disorders
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorders
- Other serious psychological disorders
- Intimacy disorders
- Relationship disorders
- Mistrust of authority
- Inappropriate sexual behavior
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep deprivation