Legal Options For Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent specializes in helping sexual assault survivors find justice in civil courts and has a background as a criminal sex crimes prosecutor. We’ve asked him to share some information on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused in religious organizations:
Unfortunately, many cases of sexual violence involve a power dynamic where the perpetrator is in a position of trust or authority. Many victims in these situations may struggle to come forward, especially in cases of child sexual abuse at church. However, survivors of sexual abuse should know that they have legal rights in both the criminal justice and civil court systems.
In cases of sexual abuse in religious institutions, these institutions may be considered liable for the abuse if their negligence resulted in a failure to prevent such abuse. For example, a church may be considered liable for failing to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. When negligence is a factor in enabling abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused in a religious organization, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyers.
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