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Causes of the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis

As the number of clergy sex abuse cases reported in the Catholic Church continues to rise, this Church crisis remains in the spotlight. As more clergy abuse survivors tell their stories and search for justice, the Church and its followers are struggling to define the causes of the clergy sex abuse crisis.

Several high-profile Catholic universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Santa Clara University, and Catholic University have initiated research into the phenomenon of clergy abuse. At Catholic University’s Healing the Breach of Trust conference, attendees addressed different perspectives on clergy abuse ranging from misuse of power and lack of transparency to the problems of rumor and innuendo. All these research initiatives examine the best practices for working with clergy abuse survivors to ensure they get the resources they need for continued healing.

The Problem of Clericalism

Many Catholic theologians, including Pope Francis, indicated clericalism plays an important part in the clergy sex abuse crisis.

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Physiological Shock Symptoms

Victims of a traumatic workplace accident can experience physiological shock when their heart rate increases so rapidly that blood and oxygen supplies in the body are severely diminished. Rapid loss of blood and other body fluids, damage to the nervous system, and the physiological trauma of an accident can quickly lead to organ failure, respiratory distress, and death. Victims of physiological shock may be entitled to compensation and Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Types of Physiological Shock

There are five different types of physiological shock that the human body can experience following a traumatic event.

  • Hypovolemic shock: This happens when there is a rapid loss of blood. The heart rate increases so quickly that the respiratory system becomes inefficient. When this happens, the body’s organs begin to shut down to compensate, which can result in permanent and life-threatening injuries to the body.
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Harold J. Gerr Listed in New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Personal Injury 2019

New Jersey Family magazine recently named attorney Harold J. Gerr as one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families 2019. Mr. Gerr has been listed under exceptional personal injury attorneys throughout the state, where he centered his practice for over 40 years. While he extends his practice to all scopes of personal injury law, he specializes in injuries to the head, spine, and hands.

Mr. Gerr earned his Bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He is a strong proponent of continuing education and he frequently participates in educational seminars and lectures across the country.

By focusing his entire career on personal injury law, Mr. Gerr has an extensive list of associations, including AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, AAJ Crime Victims Litigation Group, AAJ Product Liability Section, AAJ RSD Litigation Group,

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