An ongoing investigation into the state’s two Catholic dioceses may help Virginia sexual abuse victims obtain the justice they deserve.
Virginia sexual abuse victims can be children or adults who experienced sexual abuse, possibly committed by priests, clergy, or members of the Catholic Church.
Virginia Sexual Abuse Victims in The Washington Post
According to The Washington Post, Virginia is the 13th U.S. state this year, plus the District, to open an investigation of possible sexual abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church. Many Catholics view these civil investigations as welcome or even overdue, but others believe they are unfair and biased. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced this investigation in response to a massive Pennsylvania grand jury report released this summer which “described hundreds of Catholic priests across the state abusing children over seven decades, protected by a hierarchy of church leaders who covered it up.” This report identified more than 1,000 child victims. Along with this investigation, Herring announced a new hotline for Virginia sexual abuse victims: 1-833-454-9064.
How We Can Help
At Perry Charnoff, our lawyers have years of trial experience and understand the sensitive nature of these cases. We make it a top priority that you remain comfortable throughout every step of this difficult process. No one should have to deal with the injustice of sexual abuse, but when it happens, it is crucial to hold offenders accountable to prevent future incidences.
While some institutions may suggest handling incidences of sexual abuse internally, this type of resolution can leave Virginia sexual abuse victims, or their families, isolated. With the protection of an attorney, you can be assured that a resolution that is in your best interest will be reached.