Archdiocese of San Francisco Sexual Abuse Attorney
Sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of San Francisco is an atrocious crime and gross abuse of power by religious leaders. At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we do not tolerate clergy abuse. We find it absolutely unacceptable that dioceses in California may have facilitated abuse by covering up known incidents and failing to involve the authorities. We have devoted our lives and legal practice to fighting abuse and assault around the country.
If you are a survivor of clergy abuse from someone within the Archdiocese of San Francisco, we can provide the assistance and emotional support you need. Our attorneys can keep your identity confidential for the duration of your case. We can help you understand your rights and choose the best outlet for financial recovery according to your unique situation. Please contact us today at (855) 944-0710 for a free consultation.
Why Choose Manly, Stewart & Finaldi?
- We have been standing up for the rights of abuse survivors for more than 20 years. Our lawyers have a deep understanding of how abuse impacts people.
- We have obtained more than $2 billion in collective awards for clients since our establishment. Our lead attorney has been included in Super Lawyers.
- We have the resources to stand up to any institution, including major religious establishments such as the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Why Hire an Attorney?
While you may assume you can move forward from abuse without filing a claim, this might not be the case. With assistance from a lawyer, you could achieve justice and closure for clergy abuse, even if it happened decades ago. You may also be eligible to receive financial compensation from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and/or other responsible parties. The attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can walk you through the steps to resolve your case as quickly and efficiently as possible. We can also use the highest standards of client confidentiality to keep your identity private.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco Has Published a List of Names
Clergy abuse is a terrible crime that has hidden in the shadows of the Catholic clergy in California for too long. The Archdiocese of San Francisco was one of the last to produce a list of names of clergy members with credible accusations against them, only after a lawsuit named the Archdiocese to force it to release them. The list contains 35 names of accused sexual offenders, allegedly guilty of committing crimes ranging from sexual molestation to sodomy. While being on the list does not mean the individual is guilty, it shows a long history of documented incidents and silence from the Archdiocese.
|Wellington Joseph “Brother Stan”||Stanislaus||Arrested|
|Robert M.||Van Handel||Convicted|
|Milton T.||Walsh||Charges Dropped|
The Archdiocese of San Francisco itself has also come under fire for allegedly facilitating abuse over the years. Sexual abuse accounts state that the Archdiocese may have allowed alleged offenders to return to active duty, kept incidents quiet from the public and failed to notify the authorities when children came forward with accusations. Today, survivors are finally telling their stories, both openly and anonymously, to shed light on an appalling history of sexual abuse and assault within the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
You Could Be Eligible for Compensation
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we aggressively advocate for the rights of clergy abuse survivors. Our lawyers have helped dozens of survivors seek justice and financial restitution from dioceses, parishes, individuals and other defendants throughout California. As a survivor of abuse in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, you could be eligible for compensation for your damages. A damage award may cover your mental anguish, emotional distress, lost quality of life, the costs of therapy and legal fees. You could also receive punitive damages as a form of punishment against the defendant.
Contact Us Today
The State of California recently extended its statute of limitations from 8 years past the age of majority to 22 years. You now have until age 40 to bring a lawsuit based on child sex abuse. No matter how much time has passed, contact the attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for assistance. We can provide the support you need, starting with a free and private initial consultation near you.