Survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape from clergy or other officials within religious organizations may have a legal claim for damages. While abuse within the Catholic church is often widely publicized, the Catholic Church is one of many religious and spiritual organizations which are tainted by widespread sexual abuse. In recent years, a number of large religious organizations have been accused of sex crimes, including Southern Baptist, United Methodist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Church of Scientology.
It is often particularly daunting for survivors to come forward due to the overwhelming cover-up culture within these religious organizations. The organization structure of many religious organizations has allowed abuse, assault, and rape allegations to be concealed, protecting the church, protecting the assaulter/abuser/rapist, and completely dismissing the survivor. This behavior often re-traumatizes and re-victimizes the survivor again, intensifying their psychological and mental injuries.
With more and more states passing laws extending statutes of limitations, the time period to file a lawsuit and deadline to file cases are constantly evolving. Act quickly and contact an experienced sexual crimes attorney at Fears Nachawati to discuss your legal options today. Contact us today for a confidential and free discussion.