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Clergy abuse has been a problem throughout the world for decades. With allegations coming into light here in Pennsylvania, it’s important for survivors of sexual abuse to know that they are not alone. For decades, the Pittsburgh clergy abuse lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have strived to make sure survivors’ voices are heard by those who committed these atrocities. With a former prosecutor on staff, we understand what is needed in these cases to get you the justice that you deserve and to stop the abuse from reoccurring.
Clergy Abuse in Pittsburgh: What You Should Know
After hundreds of hours of testimony from abuse survivors, a grand jury investigation released a scathing report in August 2018 that alleges decades of sexual abuse by more than 300 predatory priests in six of the eight Pennsylvania dioceses.
The redacted report presents very disturbing details. It details a cycle of sexual abuse and cover-up that occurred in six of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses, including right here in Pittsburgh. The report found 99 priests in the Pittsburgh 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.
The Effects of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse has both short-term and long-term effects on an individual, especially when it involves an authority figure. After the abuse, a person will feel disbelief, anger, embarrassment, and even fear. The survivor’s behavior and habits may change — for example, when a child who never misbehaved begins getting in trouble at school.