Clergy abuse has been a problem throughout the world for decades. With allegations coming to light recently, it’s important for sexual abuse victims to know that they can get compensation. For decades, the Erie clergy abuse lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have strived to make those who committed these atrocities are held accountable. With a former prosecutor on staff, we understand what is required in these cases to get you the justice that you deserve and to stop the abuse from reoccurring.
Clergy Abuse in Erie: What You Should Know
After hundreds of hours of testimony from abuse victims, a grand jury investigation recently released a scathing report that alleges decades of sexual abuse by more than 300 predatory priests in six of the eight Pennsylvania dioceses.
The redacted report presents alarming details. It details a cycle of sexual abuse and cover-up that occurred throughout the state dioceses, including right here in Erie. The report found 34 priests in the Erie area who had allegedly abused both boys and girls. And instead of protecting its community and bringing these priests to justice, evidence shows the Catholic Church did everything it could to hide the information and protect the priests.
Why Should I Come Forward?
It’s a painful and embarrassing situation and discussing the matter will only bring more pain. But remember, by speaking up you not only stand up for your rights but will be protecting the rights of others.
You have the right to file a civil claim against not only your abuser, but also the organization who had failed to report, prevent, and attempted to conceal the abuse. According to Pennsylvania law, you may receive economic damages, such as medical and therapy bills and loss of income. You may also be able to recover punitive damages, to punish the individuals and the institutions that allowed these horrible acts to occur for decades.