Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Attorney
The sexual abuse of Catholic youth by Priests, Pastors, Deacons, Sisters and members of various Orders like the Jesuits, Franciscans, Vincentians, Capuchins, and Christian Brothers are appalling examples of exploitation of the sacred trust and faith that a young parishioner places in the Catholic Church. And the historical reaction by the Bishops and Cardinals to the problem has been almost beyond belief in its callousness. Over the last decade, society has seen Dioceses from New York to California and from Washington to Florida place their reputations over the safety of the children delivered into their care. To protect the church, bishops moved pedophile priests around like chess pieces and lied to their parishioners about predatory priests.
Archdiocese and Clergy Sexual Abuse
The notoriety of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal is well-known now. However, this abuse was quietly swept under the rug by church leaders for many decades. It was not until 1981 when the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was accused of sexual abuse of a minor, a crime that he later pled guilty to, that these crimes were more thoroughly investigated.
When another case of a priest in Louisiana being charged with 11 counts of sexual molestation became headline news, more reports began to surface. In 1998 when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas was reported to have paid a $30.9 million settlement to twelve victims of one priest, the entire world began to take notice.
Since 1998, there have been thousands of victims that have come forward with their stories of sexual abuse at the hands of staff within the Catholic Church. According to BishopAccountability.org, by 2012 an estimated $3 billion in lawsuits have been settled by the Catholic Church for sexual abuse from 1950-2012. In a six-year period from 2003-2009, over 1,550 victims received settlements from the church in the U.S.
There has been worldwide media coverage of the sexual abuse that has been perpetrated by clergy within the Catholic Church on innocent children. Although some of these horrendous sexual abuse acts have been made public after years of alleged coverups by the Catholic Church, it is difficult to know precisely how many children were harmed by those in positions of power within the church. What is known is that this abuse was not isolated; there have been reported accounts of sexual abuse at the hands of priests, nuns and even bishops from all over the world.
Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Attorney
Jones Brown Law not only understands the plight of the victims but also has a detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the Catholic Church hierarchy, how priests exploit and groom their parishioner/victims and how the Church has covered up the problem. Jones Brown Law has worked on Catholic clergy sex abuse cases throughout the nation in states including but not limited to New York, Florida, Illinois, and Oregon.
Contact Jones Brown Law
Sexual abuse can produce serious, long-lasting emotional and psychological injuries. Jones Brown Law retains highly skilled and experienced mental health professionals to help evaluate their clients’ damages. If you or a loved one was molested by a priest, pastor, brother, nun or any other employee of a Catholic Church – regardless of when it occurred – please contact Jones Brown Law to assist you in deciding what options are best for you and your family.