Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Abuse by Pastors and Other Clergy
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse find justice against their abusers and negligent third parties. Brian has experience representing victims of sexual abuse by religious clergy members. Here are some of Jeff’s thoughts on the legal rights of these victims and their families:
Tragically, sexual predators are often some of the most trusted members of their communities. Our attorneys regularly see this sad reality in cases involving pastors, priests, and other religious clergy members sexually abusing congregation members. The victims of these heinous crimes deserve answers, support, and justice for the trauma they’ve suffered.
Religious organizations have a legal duty to make sure their congregation members are safe from preventable harm, including sexual abuse by clergy members. When a clergy member is reported for sexually abusing a congregation member, those allegations must be taken seriously and must be reported.
After abuse is reported, it’s important to determine if the religious organization enabled the abuse to occur because of negligence. For example, a church could be considered negligent if the accused pastor had been hired despite a history of sexual misconduct at other churches.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse by a pastor or clergy member, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
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