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We should be able to count on and trust our religious figures every day. They are there to resolve our sins or just merely talk to when things aren’t going right in our lives. But that simply is not the case anymore with all the recent news surrounding clergy abuse in Harrisburg and across Pennsylvania.
At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we are on the front lines in the fight for the rights of minors and adults victimized by clergy abuse. Our Harrisburg clergy abuse lawyers are committed to helping those who were sexually abused by a religious authority. Our firm’s goal is to make sure your voice is heard and not silenced among the countless victims who have suffered and are currently suffering.
A Recent History of Clergy Abuse in Harrisburg
For decades, clergy abuse allegations have been popping up throughout the world. As of late, the news surrounding clergy abuse in Pennsylvania, specifically Harrisburg, has reached an all-time high.
As a report detailing a two-year grand jury investigation into the Catholic Church was about to be released in August 2018, the Diocese of Harrisburg published a list of religious figures who were accused of sexual abuse that stretched back to the 1940s. The list revealed 71 people connected to the diocese that have been accused of sexual abuse.
Weeks later, the statewide grand jury report on clergy abuse was released, listing the names of more than 300 priests who were accused of sexual abuse in six of the state’s eight dioceses. It revealed more than 1,000 children were abused over a span of 70 years. If you include priests from two other dioceses (one being Harrisburg), it amounts to nearly eight percent of the 5,000 priests who served in Pennsylvania during a 70-year period.
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.