Legal Recourse For Victims of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor and Catholic Church abuse lawyer Jeff Gibson helps the victims of institutional sexual abuse and other sex crimes get justice and support. We’ve asked him to add some insight into how the legal system can help the survivors of these crimes:
Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been an epidemic for decades, with the scope of the abuse only recently coming to light. A recent Pennsylvania grand jury report uncovered at least 1,000 identifiable victims and over 300 abusive priests. While ideally, we would see all of these priests criminally prosecuted, this does not always happen for a number of reasons, including coverups by the Church and older cases that have already passed the statute of limitations.
Many survivors have turned to the civil court system to find justice. By filing a lawsuit, survivors can hold the Church accountable for failing to prevent sexual abuse, attempting to cover up reports of abuse, and other forms of negligence. Additionally, these lawsuits can provide financial compensation for damages related to the abuse, such as therapy costs and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love is the survivor of child sexual abuse and you’re looking for answers, we advise discussing your situation with an experienced sexual abuse victims lawyer.