For several years now the media worldwide has exposed incidents of Catholic priests preying on children. The revelations of the abuse survivors regarding the depths of suffering they have endured throughout their lives after the abuse has simply reinforced the public's opinion that our children must be protected and justice must be available to survivors of this type of abuse.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted, molested or subjected to any sexual behavior which has made you uncomfortable, it is important that you consult a respected California clergy abuse attorney who is prepared to take action and file a claim for damages.
There are many children and adults who have been the victim of sexual harassment by a member of the clergy, whether in the work environment or as a parishioner of a specific religious group. The harassment can be in sexual innuendoes, veiled sexual comments, or any other unwanted sexual actions that are upsetting and illegal. In many cases, the parishioner, sometimes innocent children, are asked to perform certain sexual acts, or to discuss private matters including talking about their genitals, or being asked to engage in discussing or participating in various sexual activities. These are serious crimes and must be addressed in a civil lawsuit against the individual and church that allowed the actions to take place.
Some cases of clergy sexual harassment are when a parishioner or child is sought out, and efforts are made to speak to them privately to discuss sexual matters. This activity is often the precursor to even more dangerous crimes, including sexual abuse. The Catholic Church has been under scrutiny for many serious criminal activities with regard to sexual abuse over many years; it is considered urgent to be extremely vigilant about any sexual harassment and seek legal counsel from our firm immediately if it has taken place.
The clergy of all faiths are entrusted with the responsibility to report any suspected case of child sexual abuse. There is a scarcity of statistics about children who have been abused by clergy as many of these children simply don't talk about it.
A sexual predator doesn't stop at just one child. One predator can abuse many children over a lifetime. As horrible as the suffering of one abused child is, when the religious institution finds out about a case of abuse and takes no action, or covers it up which allows the predator to commit more abuse this compounds the situation and those who hid the situation also become liable. Those who commit the abuse as well as those who knew of it and allowed it to continue must be held accountable. These complex cases require the skill of a knowledgeable clergy sexual abuse lawyer to ensure success.
Criminal justice actions afford justice to the community as a whole but often do little for the individual who directly suffered the injury. Civil litigation gives the survivor a voice and the opportunity to be compensated for those injuries. While mere monetary compensation can never fully restore what was taken, it provides the abuse survivor with time to heal and create a new future. Our firm has the resources to effectively champion a survivor and obtain the justice which is sorely needed. To talk with a caring sexual abuse lawyer call Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for a consultation.
Contact a California clergy abuse attorney at our firm who is determined to obtain full compensation for all damages.