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Clergy abuse has been occurring in Pennsylvania for decades. Although these crimes are illegal, recent evidence has shown that church authority figures chose to cover up the incidents rather than expelling the clergy or reporting the events to the police. That has left hundreds, if not thousands, of children without a voice.
But now that these allegations have come into the light, it’s time to speak up. The Greensburg clergy abuse lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli are working with clergy abuse victims across the state, making sure their voice is heard by both the Catholic Church and the justice system. We are prepared to fight for your rights and make sure these crimes never happen again.
Clergy Abuse in the Diocese of Greensburg: What You Should Know
In August 2018, a statewide grand jury released the results of a 2-year investigation into clergy abuse. The report listed the names of more than 300 priests accused of sexual abuse in six of the state’s eight dioceses, including 21 priests here in Greensburg. It revealed more than 1,000 children were abused throughout 70 years, amounting to nearly eight percent of the 5,000 priests who served in Pennsylvania during the seven-decade period.
Of the 21 priests named in the report, the majority are deceased. Those still alive have been removed from the ministry as a result of the allegations.
In light of the news surrounding clergy abuse, attorneys from Fellerman & Ciarimboli are actively looking to pursue justice on your behalf if you are the victim of a documented or undocumented incident of clergy abuse.
The Effects of Sexual Abuse
In a sexual abuse case, the perpetrator takes advantage of the victim by using their position of power to either force or threat, prey on their victim’s weaknesses, use coercion tactics, or a combination of all three. Victims of sexual abuse have most likely suffered from multiple forms of this unwanted behavior. The abuse can include molestation, indecent exposure, statutory rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and unconsented touching with or without clothing.