Legal Recourse for Church Sexual Abuse Survivors and Their Families
Attorney contributor Aaron Blank represents survivors of sexual crimes in civil lawsuits and those looking for a youth pastor sexual assault attorney. We’ve asked him to discuss the options for legal recourse available to survivors of sexual abuse in religious organizations:
With international sexual abuse scandals in organizations like the Catholic Church, Southern Baptists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, it should come as no surprise that sexual predators often seek out positions of authority and trust in religious communities. These communities must be aware of the threat of sexual predators and do all that they can to protect the members of their communities from sexual violence.
Religious organizations who cover up sexual abuse or enable it through negligence must be held accountable for the harm they’ve caused. Victims in several types of organizations have fought back by filing lawsuits against the organization for their negligent failure to keep their members safe. This helps demand accountability from these organizations, which can lead to changes that protect others from being abused in the future. These lawsuits also help provide financial compensation for the victims.
Have you or a loved one been sexually abused in a religious organization? We understand how painful this time has been for you and your family and we want to help. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.
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