Sexual Abuse Survivors Are Not Alone Anymore
Now you can demand justice from your abusers and the institutions that allowed the abuse to continue. Contact the clergy abuse lawyers at Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq today. They can help you file a claim so you can:
- Tell your story
- Hold accountable all those responsible
- Obtain financial compensation to pay for treatment, lost wages, and more
If you have endured the trauma of sexual assault or abuse by a priest or other member of the clergy, our experienced attorneys will stand with you in court and advocate on your behalf. You are not alone.
Special Notice for New Jersey Clergy Abuse Survivors: The Opportunity for Your Turn in Court Begins on December 1, 2019
If you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, you may be able to claim damages regardless of how long ago the incident took place. A new law allows all survivors of child sexual abuse to file a claim against their abusers - even those who had previously been barred from recovery due to an expired statute of limitations. You may also be able to file a claim against the church institutions that allowed the abuse to occur. This provision of the law enables victims to pursue justice regardless of whether the perpetrator is still alive. Bear in mind the following:
- There is a limited window of time for filing.
- Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq will work tirelessly on your behalf to see that justice is served.
You need an aggressive legal team that will provide you with the caliber of representation necessary to ensure you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.
All Sexual Abuse Survivors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Have the Right to Demand Justice and the Chance to Heal
It is time to come forward and begin the healing process, whether you suffered at the hands of an abuser in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. You may have been silent for many years. A priest or another authority figure may have convinced you that the sexual encounter was somehow your fault. Something may have only recently triggered an awareness that an event that happened long ago is not your fault, and is, in fact, the cause of suffering you still endure today. The long-term effects of suppressing a traumatic sexual encounter may include:
- Problems at work
- Avoidance of intimate relationships
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Substance abuse
- Other chronic health problems
All these situations call for a remedy. Now you have the legal right to demand your day in court and seek justice. With that, you can accelerate the healing process by getting financial compensation to pay for counseling, treatment, lost wages, and more.
What is clergy sexual abuse?
In New Jersey Law, clergy sexual abuse is defined as any form of sexual contact between a member of the clergy and an individual or individuals that are either under the age of eighteen (18) or not legally capable of giving consent. It also includes cases where clergy members use their authority to take advantage of those who are not able to resist or refuse.
This includes any type of unwanted physical contact, verbal threats, and intimidation, exploitation of trust or power, psychological manipulation, and/or requests for sexual favors. Clergy sexual abuse can occur in multiple ways: through physical contact; verbal coercion; emotional manipulation; financial coercion; spiritual coercion; and even using spiritual counseling as a platform for sexual abuse.
In all cases, the offender intends to exploit their position and authority to take advantage of vulnerable individuals. Victims of clergy sexual abuse can suffer physical and psychological damage that can last for years or even a lifetime. Victims of clergy sexual abuse need to seek legal guidance to ensure their rights are protected and that justice is served.
Additionally, people need to understand the devastating consequences associated with this crime so they can be informed when seeking help or making decisions about who will provide spiritual counseling services. Clergy sexual abuse should not be taken lightly; it is a serious offense with significant ramifications.
If you or someone you know has been affected by clergy sexual abuse, please consider speaking out and getting help – there are resources available that can help ensure justice is served. Please remember that there are time limitations to filing a claim. It takes courage to come forward and confront the past, and we want to do everything we can to help you act as quickly as you are able. For a free case evaluation, call us now at 800-923-3456. Our clergy abuse lawyers will promptly and confidentially review your case and develop a strategy to ensure the best possible outcome for you.