Sexual Abuse by Priests and Clergy

No child or family should ever have to endure the effects of sexual abuse by priests and clergy. However, when this abuse occurs, it is crucial to hold perpetrators accountable.

Priests and clergy hold positions of authority and are seen as people who can be trusted. Sometimes, they can use their powerful influence to take advantage of children. This influence could also be used to manipulate a child into staying quiet about an incidence of sexual abuse. These incidences may occur in a childcare setting or counseling session. While a religious institution may attempt to resolve these incidences internally, this type of resolution often ends in favor of the offender and can leave the victim and the victim's family isolated or demonized. At Perry Charnoff, our attorneys fight to ensure offenders are held accountable and victims are protected. Contact one of our compassionate trial attorneys for more information.

Know The Signs of Sexual Abuse by Priests and Clergy

Behavioral Signs

sexual abuse by priests and clergy

  • Extreme hesitance to attend religious services, counseling sessions, or functions held at the institution
  • Signs of developing depression, anxiety, or PTSD
  • Changes in personal hygiene habits 
  • Changes in academic performance
  • Age-inappropriate sexual knowledge
  • Overreacting to physical contact

Physical Signs

  • Bleeding, bruising, or other physical injuries
  • Bloody, torn, or stained undergarments
  • Complaints of pain or discomfort such as itching or burning
  • Urinary or yeast infections or sexually transmitted diseases

Adults Who Experienced Child Sexual Abuse by Priests and Clergy

If you or someone you love experienced sexual abuse by priests and clergy as a child, it is not too late to get justice. Often, these incidents are not isolated. Even if it may have occurred decades ago, it may be possible to bring a case against the offender, or offending institution, now. This is because the statute of limitations for these type of cases has been extended, to allow victims to come forward and prevent similar incidences from occurring in the future.

Knowledgeable Representation for Sexual Abuse Victims

At Perry Charnoff, we understand the sensitive nature of these cases. That's why our attorneys will work with you one-on-one to prioritize your comfort during this difficult process. These cases can not only work to hold offenders accountable for their crimes but support reform measures which work to prevent similar incidences from happening in the future.

You will not pay any legal fees unless we recover money for you.

Perry Charnoff Can Help - Contact Us Now

At Perry Charnoff, our attorneys will work with you closely through every step of the legal process in order to handle your case with the dignity and respect it deserves. As dedicated trial attorneys, we approach each case ready to fight for your rights in the courtroom. We offer free consultations, and our contingent fee policy guarantees that you will not pay any attorney fees unless we achieve a recovery in your case. Please call us today at (703) 291-6650 or complete the form on this page to learn more.

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