Pope Francis has been seen by some as very progressive. He asked forgiveness from those who were abused by priests, but are they ready to forgive so easily? We think it’s a step in the right direction that the new Pontiff is acknowledging the problem (even though we’ve heard it before), but does it really go far enough? One child abuse survivor spoke out to the Huffington Post, asking “Why can you be a child molester and a priest?”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/14/church-victim-responds-to-pope_n_5147250.html
The harms caused by childhood sexual abuse have effects that can last a lifetime, and often, the child who was abused doesn’t recognize that the sexual abuse is what caused many of the problems in his or her life. An attorney that is knowledgeable in sexual abuse cases can help victims in their path to healing. A civil lawsuit brought against the organization that covered up abuse and moved a priest from one parish to another in hopes that they wouldn’t abuse again can compensate the victim for their suffering. Even if the abuse happened decades ago, you may still have a claim. Contact one of our attorneys to find out.