If you’ve been sexually assaulted by a priest or clergy member, we want to remind you that you’re not alone. Unfortunately, thousands of others have been affected, as well.
Fortunately, our legal team at Wagner Reese is here for you, and all other survivors of sexual abuse.
Thousands of Allegations
Instances of clergy sexual abuse have been reported since the 1950s, at least, but were widely dismissed or covered up. The issue first received significant media attention in the 1980s and was acknowledged as a painful global reality by the early 2000s.
In fact, a 2004 church-commissioned report acknowledged more than 10,000 cases of sexual abuse by over 4,000 Roman Catholic priests in the United States. Survivors continue to come forward today, in part inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism from the Boston Globe.
If you or someone you love is one of the thousands affected, we can help. Call us at (888) 204-8440 today.
Civil and Criminal Consequences
Survivors have filed criminal charges against their abusers and received billions of dollars in civil damages from Roman Catholic Dioceses. While legal action cannot undo what happened to you, it can keep children safe in the future and compensate you for unnecessary suffering.
Even if you’ve already filed criminal charges against the clergy member who abused you, you may still be eligible for compensation from the church that enabled them.
Sexual abuse can have a number of financial consequences for victim-survivors. Those who have lived through sexual exploitation often experience professional difficulties which can diminish their income, and resolving emotional trauma requires extensive and expensive psychological care.
If you’ve been harmed by clergy sexual abuse, filing a lawsuit can help you get the damages you need to recover.
Extended Statutes of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse
In Indiana, those who are abused as children may be able to file a lawsuit within 7 years of their 18th birthday.
Many people who are sexually exploited as children are unable to process their trauma until they are much older. Allowing young adults who realize their abuse later in life to come forward and pursue legal action helps keep an open discourse regarding childhood clergy abuse.
Even if you were abused years ago, you may still be eligible to pursue justice. Discuss your case with our attorneys today.
Is What I Experienced Abuse?
If you are considering whether or not a priest’s inappropriate behavior constitutes sexual abuse, you probably have a case. Children are unable to give consent and any inappropriate touching or sexual activity can constitute sexual abuse. Similarly, voyeuristic behavior against a child should not be tolerated.
Those in doubt should explore their concerns during a free, confidential consultation with our firm.
Why Should I Come Forward?
Earlier this year, Pope Francis lead an unprecedented summit on child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic church. During the event, the Pope vowed to prioritize victims and put an end to cover-ups. Coming forward now, when the global phenomenon has been publicly acknowledged, can help you hold the church accountable.
It can also provide you with valuable resources as you move forward from your childhood trauma.
Most importantly, survivors who speak up help prevent this kind of behavior in the future.
Help us build a better world for children by calling (888) 204-8440 today.
Why Choose Wagner Reese
At Wagner Reese, we have helped countless victims of sexual abuse, and have experience handling claims within religious institutions. In addition to addressing clergy sexual abuse, we have lead successful lawsuits against the Jehovah’s Witness church.
Our attorneys are kind and compassionate advocates dedicated to giving a voice to those who have been voiceless for too long.
We will keep your case confidential and pursue justice with the seriousness it deserves.
Call us at (888) 204-8440 or schedule a private consultation online today.