Sexual abuse by the clergy against anyone of any age is intolerable and inexcusable. Regardless of age or gender, it affects your whole life. And, taking advantage of people in the vulnerable space of their faith and their church is a further violation and injury.
If you have witnessed or survived clergy abuse you are not alone. We are here to help sexual abuse survivors of all ages. Your voice is important. Contacting us is free and your information will remain confidential. Take action today by calling or filing out the form on this page.
According to a scathing Grand Jury report released August 14, 2018, high-profile leaders of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse committed by over 300 priests over the course of 70 years, convincing the abused to stay silent and law enforcement not to investigate it.
The report involved six of Pennsylvania’s eight Catholic dioceses and discovered over 1,000 identifiable survivors. This is the broadest examination to date by a U.S. government agency covering the sexual abuse of children by the Catholic Church. It is expected that thousands more records of abuse were lost, or survivors may have been too afraid to speak out. The report also noted that sexual abuse against adults was also a problem.
The revelations in Pennsylvania have prompted other states to launch official investigations into this epidemic. In the last month, more than a dozen attorneys general have sought advice from the Pennsylvania Attorney General on how to manage similar inquiries in their states.
This is the latest scandal of child sexual abuse plaguing the Catholic Church since the Archdiocese of New York, along with other Dioceses, established independent programs allowing survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy to apply for financial compensation from the church – even decades old abuse claims (that are decades old).
Howry, Breen & Herman is representing victims of clergy sexual abuse who want real, meaningful change to put an end to this problem. We are currently representing victims of abuse against the Catholic Diocese of Austin. Read about the press release here. Read the original petition for the Doe vs. Catholic diocese here. If you are a witness to such abuse, your information and your voice is important. If you are the survivor of clergy sexual abuse or are a close relative such as a parent or spouse of a deceased survivor, you may be entitled to compensation from the Catholic Church.
Talking about sexual abuse is daunting, but it’s the first, critical step in the healing process. Standing up against the abuser and those who facilitated it may also protect others by stopping the abuse and promoting structural change which will prevent this from happening ever again.
To report information you have about clergy abuse or for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation on your own clergy abuse claim, you can call our Austin trial attorneys at (512) 430-4844. You may also use an online contact form if you prefer.