Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania Religious Institutions
Too often, individuals within church and religious institutions abuse their power and commit horrible crimes against the children, youth and adults who turn to them in trust.
These organizations must be held accountable. Aggressive litigation is one way to make that happen.
Even though the Catholic Church has received the most attention, sexual assault is not limited to any one religious institution. In recent years, both the Baptist and Methodist Churches have come under fire for their handling of sexual abuse cases. Allegations of sexual assault have been made against almost every religion on every continent, meaning no place of worship is safe from those who hope to prey on the innocent who are seeking nothing more than solace and safety.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by someone within your religious institution, be reassured that the law is on your side. The perpetrator will be held accountable and justice will prevail. Clergymen are not exempt from punishment if they break the law – anyone who harms another person should face consequences, regardless of their profession or social standing.
It’s critical that you contact a sexual assault lawyer who is experienced in situations involving religious institutions. You can trust them to listen carefully to your story and believe it, hold the wrongdoers accountable, and help to prevent other victims from having to endure what you’ve gone through. A skilled and tenacious sexual assault lawyer for victims can assist you in obtaining the financial compensation necessary for your recovery so that you can continue on with your life.
UPDATE: HB 963 to extend the statute of limitations on sexual abuse
Experienced Sexual Abuse Lawyer Fighting for Victims of Abuse
If you have been sexually abused or assaulted by your church or other religious institution, we can help. We offer free, completely confidential initial consultations to help survivors of sexual abuse find healing, closure and justice through litigation.
We have handled cases involving a wide range of religious institutions in the U.S. and throughout Pennsylvania, including:
Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse
- Catholic archdioceses and dioceses across the country.
Jewish Synagogue Sexual Abuse
- Orthodox Jewish communities, which have allowed Rabbis and the leaders of religious schools to engage in predatory behavior.
Jehovah’s Witness Sexual Abuse
- The Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been found responsible for encouraging abuse victims to stay silent and cover up misbehavior from members of the congregation
Mormon LDS Church Sexual Abuse
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sexual abuse involving Mormon missionaries and Missionary Training Centers has come to light in recent years.
Protestant and Evangelical Church Sexual Abuse
- Protestant and Evangelical churches. The majority of sexual abuse cases happen in Protestant and Evangelical churches, which have the largest number of members in the U.S.
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