Connecticut Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Protecting the Rights of Victims
Child sexual abuse is an awful violation no matter what the circumstances are. But when the perpetrator is in a position of trust, the ramifications can be truly devastating for the victim and family. A perfect example is the abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church, documented in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight.
Such tragedies unfortunately happen much too frequently throughout the United States. The National Center for Victims of Crime estimates that one in five girls and one in twenty boys is victimized, and those numbers are likely underreported.
When The Boston Globe exposed the systematic cover up of sexual abuse by priests throughout Massachusetts, the news rocked communities everywhere. Because the authorities chose not to expose the abusers but did everything in their power to protect them, the Church essentially aided and abetted the sexual molestation of dozens, if not hundreds, of children.
Where Does Abuse Come from?
Sadly, the Catholic Church is not alone when it comes to abuse. People in positions of authority from many denominations have been convicted over the years of sexual crimes. This includes Episcopalians, Baptists, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jehovah’s Witnesses, leaders of Jewish synagogues, and the nonprofit New Tribes Mission.
Of course, systematic negligence when it comes to sexual abuse is not solely the problem of religion.
Organizations such as the Boy Scouts, USA Gymnastics, universities, and others have also faced allegations in recent years. What all these organizations have in common is people in positions of authority who have been entrusted with caring for and educating children. And in order to protect their reputations, these organizations at best turned a blind eye, and at worst actively sought to conceal allegations.
How Is Sexual Abuse Kept Hidden?
There are many reasons why these organizations were able to hide these crimes so effectively for so long. First of all, in most cases, the victims were children. Children may not realize that what is happening to them is a crime, and even when they suspect something is wrong, they will often be too scared or ashamed to tell anyone. Because priests are looked at as moral guardians, there is a tendency, especially among children, to assume that what is happening is part of God’s plan for them.
Not all victims of clergy abuse are children, however. In some cases, priests and ministers will use their position of trust and role as counselor to manipulate adult victims into sexual relationships. This can be just as much of a crime, especially if the Church knew or suspected the abuse was happening and did nothing.
Sadly, many victims will often deny that abuse has taken place, even to themselves, and it won’t be until they are adults that they are ready to face the truth. The statute of limitations often expires before the victims come forward, allowing the abusers to escape prosecution.
You Are Not Alone If You Come Forward
It takes tremendous courage for victims to speak up. The crimes committed against them carry a strong stigma in our society, and many victims prefer to keep their abuse hidden. But when they do come forward, it helps encourage others. Many of these abusers have left behind countless victims, and by coming forward, future victims are spared.
Because of the nature of these crimes, and the large organizations that the clergy works for, it can be very difficult for victims to win compensation. You need a legal team that has the experience and resources to take on large, complicated cases. At Naizby Law, we know that nothing can ever fully erase the abuse that has happened, but we believe that by helping victims to secure meaningful compensation, they will be in a better position to move forward with their lives.
In order to schedule a free and private consultation with one of our knowledgeable Connecticut sexual abuse lawyers, call (203) 245-8500 today.
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