Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers Fighting for Victims Throughout the U.S.
Have you been a victim of sexual abuse by a clergy member, an employee or official of a religious organization, or a member of a religious group? A clergy sexual abuse attorney at Greg Jones Law can seek justice and compensation from that organization on your behalf.
The team at Greg Jones Law has extensive experience recovering compensation for sexual abuse victims in cases of organizational abuse. A clergy sexual abuse lawyer will evaluate your claim, discuss your options, and identify which parties may be held liable with a sexual abuse lawsuit.
You are entitled by law to compensation for your physical and psychological pain after a sexual abuse incident, but it is important to act before evidence deteriorates or memories fade. If you have been sexually abused by a member of the clergy, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
A clergy sexual abuse conviction may entail serious criminal penalties, but whether or not a sexual abuser is prosecuted or convicted, that abuser and the religious organization that allowed the abuse might be held liable and accountable with a sexual abuse lawsuit in a civil court.
What Is the John J. Geoghan Story?
John J. Geoghan was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1962. In that role, he sexually abused more than one hundred young boys in parishes in the Boston area. Despite knowledge of the abuse, the Archdiocese of Boston transferred him from one parish to the next for three decades.
In a series of investigative reports that would win a Pulitzer Prize, the Boston Globe in 2002 exposed John J. Geoghan, the sexual abuse crimes Geoghan committed, and how those crimes were hushed up for so many years by the Archdiocese of Boston.
The Boston Globe investigation led to a loud national public outcry. Sadly for many, the investigation also damaged their trust in the Catholic Church. The Boston Globe series also prompted similar investigations into clergy sexual abuse in cities and states across the nation.
What May Constitute Clergy Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has received extensive publicity, but sexual abuse has occurred in Protestant, Orthodox, and Mormon churches as well as synagogues, mosques, and Buddhist temples in the U.S. Sexual abuse can happen in any religion, sect, or faith group.
What may constitute sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a member of the clergy, an employee or official of a religious organization, or a member of a religious group? Clergy sexual abuse and sexual misconduct may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:
- child molestation, child pornography, and statutory rape
- lewd or lascivious behavior, unwanted touching, and indecent exposure
- sexual assault, battery, threats, and harassment
What Should Parents Know About Clergy Sexual Abuse?
If your child was abused by a member of the clergy, you might feel anger at the betrayal of trust. You may also feel guilt if you were not aware of the abuse. There is no “right” reaction to learning your child has been sexually abused.
If you report sexual abuse to the police, and if the evidence supports your claim, the abuser could receive a conviction and, in some cases, a prison sentence. However, if the abuse took place years ago, and the case is one person’s word against another’s, a conviction may not be possible.
However, there may be another way to seek justice for your child – with a sexual abuse lawsuit. The first step is arranging to speak with a clergy sexual abuse attorney at Greg Jones Law by calling our national law offices at 855-566-3752.
How Can You Learn More – or Take Legal Action?
Criminal convictions do not compensate sexual abuse survivors and do not hold accountable the religious groups or institutions that allow or foster such abuse. A successful sexual abuse lawsuit can recover compensation for the victim and hold the guilty or negligent parties accountable.
As a national personal injury law firm, the attorneys at Greg Jones Law know that pursuing a clergy sexual abuse lawsuit may be difficult for an abuse survivor. You should know that we prevail on behalf of sexual abuse victims by providing aggressive, effective legal representation.
It costs you nothing to learn more about your rights as a sexual abuse survivor or to have a clergy sexual abuse attorney at Greg Jones Law review your case. We do not charge for initial consultations, and if we do not recover compensation, you owe no legal fees.
Call Greg Jones Law from anywhere in the United States at 855-566-3752 to schedule a case evaluation and review. We answer our telephones 24 hours a day, every day. If you are a clergy sexual abuse survivor, we will use every legal tool necessary to win justice for you.