When you suffer abuse by someone you trust, your whole world can go into a tailspin. The pain never entirely leaves nor does the emotional trauma. You may be confused and anxious, too embarrassed to speak out. But by not speaking out, the abuse will spread to someone else.
The Philadelphia clergy abuse lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli understand the pain you’re going through and the array of emotions you are felling. That’s why we are ready to fight for your rights. We will not only get you the compensation you deserve but will help you close that chapter of your life once and for all.
Clergy Abuse in Philadelphia
Recently, a grand jury report was released detailing more than 70 years of abuse at six of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. Yet the Philadelphia archdiocese had gone through its abuse scandal almost a decade ago.
In 2005, a grand jury had announced Cardinals John Krol, and Anthony Bevilacqua had spent decades covering in sexual abuse in the archdiocese by transferring accused priests to other parishes throughout the archdiocese. The jury revealed 169 priests and two deacons were involved in the cover-up.
But the scandal is not over yet. According to the recent grand jury report, some of the priests accused in the report had postings in the region during their careers.
The Trauma of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is when a person experiences unwanted sexual activity. Using a form of power and authority, the perpetrator takes advantage of the victim, sometimes by force or threating violence. This type of abuse seems not have to involve the act itself; it can be something as simple as an unwelcome touch or exposing him/herself to the victim. It has a devasting effect, especially on a child, and can follow the victim throughout their lives.