Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Lawyers

If you or a loved one was sexually abused by a Catholic priest, we are here to help. According to a report by CNN, it is estimated that in the United States alone, over 8,600 survivors have received over $3.8 billion in restitution from the Catholic Church for claims involving allegations of sexual abuse. And while this is an extraordinary number of survivors, experts believe the number of victims is well over 100,000.

Sexual Abuse and Assault Statistics

The statistics surrounding sexual abuse and assault are not only disturbing, but shocking.

  • According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17% of boys and 25% of girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • One report stated that in sexual abuse cases that were actually reported to law enforcement, 93% of juvenile victims knew the perpetrator.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), states that only about 30 percent of all sexual assault cases are reported.
  • Nearly 40 percent of victims experience later relationship issues with family and friends as well as with co-workers, according to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). In addition, the likelihood that a person suffers depressive or suicidal thoughts also greatly increases after experiencing sexual abuse.
  • In 2017, the National Crime Victimization Survey released by the Department of Justice, reported that every 98 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.

Filing a Sexual Abuse or Assault Claim

Catholic Church Priest Sexual AbuseThe emotional injuries from sexual abuse can last a lifetime. Victims struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD and numerous other conditions. With everything that has already happened, the idea of facing your abuser can seem incredibly overwhelming.

However, too many incidents of sexual assault go unreported in our country. Many of those who were sexually abused as a child or teen, don’t recall the events of the abuse until years later when they are adults. In those cases, victims often believe their abuse happened too long ago to receive civil justice, which in many cases, is just not true.

In fact, now more than ever, survivors are feeling empowered to come forward and stand up to their assailants. Those who pursue legal claims against their abusers help to prevent others from becoming victims of sexual predators. Many also say that holding their abuser accountable was one of the key steps in the healing process. With more and more predators being prosecuted, victims are gaining the courage to speak out and seek compensation.

If you or someone you love was the victim sexual abuse, call us for more information on filing a legal claim. The information you provide, as well as your identity, will be kept completely confidential until you are ready to move forward. In addition, there is no obligation and the legal consultation is completely free. In fact, our legal team works on a contingency so you will never have to pay any costs or expenses in advance.

You should also know that in some states, programs have been put in place to financially compensate victims of Catholic Priests without the need to file a lawsuit or go to court.

Don’t wait. There are legal deadlines associated with every claim. Call us to learn more about your options and let us help you stand up to your abuser.