Category: Clergy Abuse

Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors Need Justice

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New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers protect the rights of survivors.As the stories about clergy abuse within the Catholic Church continue to be made public, the call for justice on behalf of abuse survivors is getting louder. Individuals who experienced abuse at the hands of their priest or bishop often spend their lifetime dealing with its devastating effects. Obtaining justice for these survivors is a necessary part of the healing process.

Survivors’ rights organizations continue to advocate for changes in the Church’s current policies to address the clergy abuse crisis. Unsatisfied with the recent Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of minors, which many believe failed to result in tangible changes to Church policy, advocacy groups are highlighting the need for practical solutions to this continuing problem.

One significant proposed change would be the implementation of an extensive screening process for priest candidates. This could include psychological testing and rigorous background checks of all clergy applicants. Another recommended change is the adoption of a zero-tolerance policy by the Church to prevent abusive priests from being transferred from one parish to another. Protecting an abusive priest would result in an automatic dismissal from the priesthood for both the perpetuator and those clergy members who protected them.

Other advocates are calling for an end to closed-door handling of sexual abuse allegations, which frequently result to silence survivors by providing minimal compensation in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement.

Holding Parties Responsible

Clergy abuse survivors deserve to have the individuals perpetuating these reprehensible acts held accountable for their actions. This can include not only the abusive clergy members but the priests, bishops, archbishops, dioceses, and archdioceses that have protected and shielded them. By holding responsible parties liable for their actions through the filing of a civil lawsuit, survivors can begin to heal from their abuse. Individuals who have suffered clergy abuse may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, psychological treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Consulting with an experienced New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyer is the first step toward obtaining justice.

New Brunswick Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Protect the Rights of Clergy Abuse Survivors

At the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr, our experienced New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers assist clergy abuse survivors in obtaining compensation for their suffering. To schedule a free confidential consultation today, call us at 732-249-4600 or submit an online inquiry form.

Our offices are conveniently located in Highland Park, New Jersey to serve clergy abuse survivors and their families throughout New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Ex-Pope Benedict Breaks Silence About Clergy Sex Abuse

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New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers fight for justice.Pope Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI recently gave his perspective on the clergy abuse scandal gripping the Catholic Church. In a 6,000-word essay that was published in Italian and translated into English by the Catholic News Agency, Pope Benedict theorized that the loosening of moral standards in the 1960s and the failure of the leaders of the church in upholding traditional Christian values led to the sex abuse crisis in the church. Pope Benedict claims that he broke his silence because he was motivated by the recent summit in Rome on clergy abuse and wanted to provide his perspective to enhance the discussion on the subject.

He argued that in the period between 1960 through 1980, traditional values regarding sexuality were dismantled and pedophilia and pornography became normalized and widely accepted. He claimed that the Catholic Church was not able to defend itself against the loosening moral tide. He lamented that the prevailing culture no longer believed in any absolute good or evil, only shades of good and evil. He further claimed that the breakdown of moral values contributed to the poor preparation of clergy to priesthood. Pope Benedict held similar views while he was the Pope but remained silent after retirement in deference and to relinquish full authority to Pope Francis. It was surprising that he chose this moment to step out and express his views on this matter.

Differing Views Among Catholic Church Officials

The current Pope Francis has expressed a contrasting opinion. He has stated that the elevation of priests and bishops and the subsequent authority and power enjoyed by them resulted in corruption and lack of accountability in the Church. It is notable that there are now two divergent views from the Popes on the causes of the sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Many experts and media characterize this interjection by Pope Benedict as offering an alternative to the more liberal papacy led by Pope Francis. Many predict that this intervention by the former Pope is bad for the Church as it fails to depict a unified Church with one voice on a matter of intense debate. No matter where one stands on this issue, everyone would agree that the Catholic Church has never faced anything more divisive.

Although, under the leadership of Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is slowly addressing the issues surrounding clergy sex abuse, the state of New Jersey is actively prosecuting clergy sex abuse cases. The Archdiocese of New Jersey has been compelled to turn over records related to its investigations of the sexual abuse. There have been other investigations conducted in Catholic churches and schools as well.

The acknowledgment of the issue is a marked shift in the Catholic Church under the leadership of Pope Francis and may offer hope to the survivors of such abuse. However, survivors of clergy sex abuse can seek redress for the emotional and physical turmoil they have faced. Victims of clergy sex abuse no longer have to hide and suffer alone; they can seek justice and hold their perpetrators accountable.

New Brunswick Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law offices of Harold J. Gerr Fight for Justice

If you have suffered sexual abuse by a priest or clergy member in a school or at church, contact the New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr for a free consultation. Contact us online or call 732-249-4600 today. Our sensitive and experienced attorneys will prepare your case and fight for you. Located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout New Jersey and surrounding areas including New Brunswick, Somerset, South Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Colonia, Bound Brook, Iselin, Old Bridge, Middlesex, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, and Fords.

Filing Clergy Sexual Abuse Claims Through Private Mediation

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New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers pursue maximum compensation for survivors.The New Jersey Legislature recently considered extending the statute of limitations for clergy sexual abuse claims. Thus far the Senate approved a proposal that would remove the current statute of limitations and replace it with new legislation. The proposed bill would increase the statute of limitations from two years to seven for abuse survivors to file claims against their abusers. It would also allow minors who suffered sexual abuse and assault to file until they reach the age of 55.

Once the House approves the bill, the legislation will be reviewed by the governor. If Governor Murphy signs the bill into law, the new guidelines would go into effect by December 1, 2019. In that case, survivors will be able to file complaints in Superior Court for past clergy sexual abuse claims.

Options for Recovering Compensation

Until the new guidelines for filing clergy abuse claims are enacted, survivors can file for compensation through a private mediation program. The private mediation program is similar to a mediation program for New York clergy abuse claims. The financial compensation comes from the compensation funds set up by the five New Jersey dioceses. The victim or survivor does not have to testify in court, at a deposition, or before the mediators. The claim, which is confidential, is decided by the documents submitted to the mediators and may stem from abuse that occurred as far back as the 1970s or even earlier.

It is important to understand that by electing to participate in the compensation funds provided by the diocese, the abuse survivor relinquishes the right to file a lawsuit. Additionally, the compensation funds will not cover any abuse committed by clergy members from other religious orders. Receiving compensation may not offer the abuse survivor the necessary closure or sufficiently hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions.

Help for Abuse Survivors is Available

Attorneys at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr successfully handled a claim through the clergy mediation program last year, which resulted in a $400,000 recovery for our client. We are familiar with the mediation process and have worked with the mediation of similar cases.

We have the experience and the resources to provide the appropriate expert witnesses. We understand how the experience of clergy sexual abuse in childhood may be extremely traumatic and difficult to talk about. Our compassionate and highly skilled team will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. When we meet with clients who faced abuse, we provide compassion, knowledge, and discretion by offering confidential consultations with one of our skilled attorneys.

New Jersey Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Pursue Maximum Compensation for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

If you suffered sexual abuse from a clergy member in the past, please contact the New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr for help and legal guidance. To arrange a free and confidential case review, please call us at 732-249-4600 or toll-free at 877-249-4600 or contact us online.

From our offices in Highland Park, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey including the communities of New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Cinnaminson Teacher and Former Priest Accused of Past Affair with Minor

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Cinnaminson Teacher and Former Priest Accused of Past Affair with MinorA teacher in Cinnaminson, New Jersey who is a former priest was accused of having a past affair with a minor that resulted in a pregnancy. In the 1980s, the former priest who served in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut in his late 20s allegedly conducted a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl that continued until she was about 16 and became pregnant. He left the priesthood voluntarily after breaking a celibacy vow and fathering the child. In 2002, the story came out, and he was suspended from his position as a New Jersey middle school teacher for the past affair. Earlier this year, he faced suspension again since the story resurfaced, but the state Department of Education arbitrator returned him to his position because he committed no crimes during his 21-year career with the school district. He never denied the relationship and was not charged in Connecticut for any crimes because the woman disclosed her story after the statute of limitations in Connecticut ran out.

One of the issues in reporting past instances of clergy abuse is that the statute of limitations may run out and not allow survivors to gain the closure they need to move past the abuse. Disclosing abusive actions may take years to report due to the shame and fear a survivor may endure and that means that the abuser may avoid punishment. Changing the statute of limitations for New Jersey may be on the table if Governor Murphy signs the proposal for the changes into law.

If you or someone you love faced clergy abuse as a child, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr will offer their support and legal guidance in filing a claim. Please call us at 732-249-4600 or toll-free at 877-249-4600 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation. From our office in Highland Park, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout New Jersey including the communities of New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Limitations of the Catholic Diocese Victims Compensation Fund  

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New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers take a stand against sexual abuse.In February, the five Catholic dioceses in New Jersey established a victims compensation fund called the Independent Victim Compensation Program. This fund was designed to provide compensation to eligible victims and survivors of childhood clergy abuse within the state. Unfortunately, the limitations of the fund may exclude many abuse survivors who continue to suffer from the aftereffects of the trauma. While there are supporters of the fund, detractors including victims, survivors, and victim advocates discount the fund as a panacea for the issue.

Religious Orders

Religious orders and their members do not answer to any particular diocese even if some order members may be ordained, preside over mass, and offer sacraments. They also follow guidelines that may differ from those followed by priests from the diocese. Members of a religious order must receive express approval from the bishop of the diocese in which they wish to serve. More than 15,000 brothers and priests from religious orders practice in the US, according to a 2017 report, and over 25,000 diocesan priests hold positions in US parishes.

Unfortunately, if a priest from a religious order engaged in the abuse of a minor, the survivor or victim is considered ineligible to apply for the compensation fund. Even if the priest served in the diocese during the abuse, the clergy member is not considered part of the diocese and therefore does not fall under the umbrella of the compensation fund. This loophole fails to address the abuse and denies the victim or survivor any closure or compensation for the wrongs committed against them.

Survivors Who Received Past Settlements

Any abuse survivor who was previously granted a settlement from the Catholic church cannot participate in the compensation fund. In the past, clergy abuse claims rarely went to court and were settled out-of-court. Generally, the church did not acknowledge any type of wrongdoing or guilt over the claims either.

A priest from the Diocese of Metuchen abused a young girl over 40 years ago. When the woman was in her 20s, she received a minimal, out-of-court settlement and signed a confidentiality agreement. She cannot receive any compensation through the fund because of the previous arrangement. She feels shortchanged by this exclusion and suggested that even if the church offered reimbursement for counseling services that would be enough.

Compensation Fund vs. Civil Lawsuit

If an abuse survivor applies for the compensation fund, the Catholic church and fund administrators do not offer any type of documentation to the individual about the abuse allegations. A civil lawsuit, however, will fully document the case and the particulars surrounding it through the investigation and subsequent trial or settlement process. This in itself provides the confirmation and closure a survivor requires to move past the abuse.

New Jersey Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Take a Stand Against Sexual Abuse

If you or a loved one endured the trauma of clergy abuse in your youth, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr will offer their compassion and legal knowledge when advising you on filing a claim. Please call us at 732-249-4600 or toll-free at 877-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. From our offices in Highland Park, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout New Jersey including New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Erin’s Law

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New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers help sexual abuse survivors obtain justice.The New Jersey Senate recently passed legislation that would incorporate mandatory sex abuse education in New Jersey school curricula. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco, is named after a childhood sexual abuse survivor. If signed by the governor, Erin’s Law would require New Jersey schools to incorporate sexual abuse awareness and prevention education for children in preschool through grade 12.

What is Erin’s Law?

Erin’s Law would educate children on subjects such as what constitutes inappropriate touching and when to tell an adult about it. The survivor states that had she been properly educated on personal body safety when she was a child, she would have been more likely to report being sexually abused. She hopes that through awareness and education, children will be empowered to use their voice, should anything inappropriate occur.

She also notes that the emphasis on “stranger danger” is misplaced; children are abused by someone they know 93 percent of the time. In her testimony, she asks that children be provided with age-appropriate safe-touch education. Under Erin’s Law, the New Jersey Commissioner of Education would collaborate with several agencies to provide sample learning activities and resources to schools across the state, including the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) and the New Jersey Children’s Alliance.

According to the survivor, the law has already been effective in the other states in which it was enacted. She recounts instances during educational sessions that children in Illinois, Maryland, and Oregon told teachers that they had been sexually abused. One case even led to the conviction of a teacher who had been sexually abusing four girls for 15 years. She is hopeful that Erin’s Law will be signed in New Jersey, and plans to continue fighting for its passage in the remaining states that have yet to pass the bill.

The Impetus for the Legislation

The survivor was sexually abused for two years, when she was six-years old, by her neighbor, who threatened her into silence. She was also abused from age 11 to 13 by her cousin, who said no one would believe her if she told anyone about the abuse. She stayed silent for years, sharing her story only with her diary. In 2005, she self-published a memoir detailing the abuse she endured and how she managed to overcome the trauma. She then traveled to schools all over the country, telling her story and fighting for the passage of Erin’s Law. The law was first passed in the survivor’s home state of Illinois in 2010. Since then, 35 states have enacted Erin’s Law.

New Brunswick Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Help Sexual Abuse Survivors Obtain Justice

If you were sexually abused by a priest or other member of the clergy, contact a New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyer at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr. For a free consultation, please fill out our online contact form or call us at 732-249-4600. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of clergy abuse survivors. Located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Former New Jersey Priest Appears on New Mexico List of Alleged Abusers

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Former New Jersey Priest Appears on New Mexico List of Alleged AbusersA former New Jersey priest appeared on the recently released New Mexico list of credibly accused abusers. The Diocese of Gallup in New Mexico added the priest who was removed from the priesthood back in 2002 for sexual abuse allegations while he served in the Camden, New Jersey diocese to the list. He served at St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton, New Jersey from 1979 to 1981, and a woman filed a suit against him in 2012 for several alleged assaults in 1980 and 1981 when she was in the fifth grade at the parish’s school. From October 1981 to January 1982, the priest served at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Page, Arizona, and church officials claim they had no knowledge of alleged sexual abuse while he was in Arizona. In addition to the New Mexico list, he appeared on the New Jersey list of credibly accused priests that surfaced in January.

Releasing the lists of credibly accused priests confirms the abuse that many clergy abuse survivors endured and may have kept secret due to shame and fear. Victims and survivors are entitled to hold their abusers accountable for crimes committed against them often during their childhoods, which leave long-lasting scars. The scars may remain, but the hope that laws will change to retrieve justice for both survivors and victims may be forthcoming in the future.

If you or a loved one dealt with the trauma of clergy abuse, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr will protect your rights and ensure that justice is served. Please call us at 732-249-4600 or toll-free at 877-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We represent clients throughout New Jersey including the municipalities of New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia from our offices in Highland Park.

Causes of the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis

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New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers protect the rights of abuse survivors.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. Clericalism occurs when an individual gives too much deference to a priest or bishop by holding them as vastly superior to the lay members of the Catholic Church. Using titles, such as “Your Eminence,” emphasizes the power clericalism holds. With clericalism, it becomes much harder to hold abusive priests accountable for their actions. Pope Francis called this a toxic and un-Christian culture of ministerial superiority, fostering deceit and lack of transparency in the Catholic Church.

Creating a Culture of Abuse

Other Church critics believe the hierarchal nature of the church created a culture of abuse allowing clergy abuse to continue. When bishops and cardinals are viewed less as pastors and more as members of an elite club, it breeds an environment where priests believe they are above the law. Pope Francis continues to emphasis that service to the people should be the hallmark of all priests, including higher ranking bishops, archbishops, and cardinals.

Other prominent Catholic theologians highlight additional factors, including the role of sexuality, the prevalence of sexual violence, and the disproportionate amount of gay priests in the Catholic Church as potential causes of clergy sexual abuse. For now, researchers remain divided on the true cause of the crisis.

Compensation for Clergy Abuse Survivors

Individuals who have experienced clergy abuse can spend a significant amount of time and money dealing with its aftermath. The costs of medical treatments, prescriptions, therapy, and lost wages due to an inability to work can place significant financial strain on families. Clergy abuse survivors often are entitled to receive compensation to help cover some of these expenses. By filing a civil lawsuit against the Catholic Church, survivors can obtain justice and hold those who covered up these reprehensible acts accountable.

New Brunswick Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Protect the Rights of Clergy Abuse Survivors

If you or a loved one experienced abuse at the hands of a priest or other clergy members, the New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr will fight for the justice you deserve. To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 732-249-4600 or submit an online inquiry form. With offices conveniently located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we assist clergy abuse survivors and their families throughout New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Clergy Abuse Victim Funds

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New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers protect the rights of abuse survivors.The public releases of investigative reports recently shed light on the ongoing problem of clergy abuse in the Catholic Church. Multiple dioceses recently responded by creating victim compensation funds, which make payments to individuals harmed by priests and church officials within the diocese. Many clergy abuse survivors and advocacy groups question whether compensation funds provide the best results in the long run.

Holding the Church Responsible

Initially, only those individuals who previously identified themselves as an abuse survivor to the diocese will be eligible to receive compensation. Church officials have not released specific financial details about the funds, which are estimated to pay several millions of dollars to survivors of sexual abuse by priests. The amount of individual settlements will be determined by the fund administrator. For now, many individuals harmed through clergy abuse have no other way to seek compensation for their injuries.

Under New Jersey’s statute of limitations, claims against predatory priests must be brought within a specific time period. Until legislative reforms remove these barriers for filing suit, survivor compensation funds are the only available option.

Critics Warn of Increased Protection for Priests

Critics of compensation funds caution that allowing the Church to handle restitution outside the legal system would prevent true transparency and allow predatory priests to be shielded from public reprimand. The fund would also limit the Church’s financial exposure as individuals receiving payments will waive their right to bring any future legal claims. Victim compensation funds also require individuals to sign non-waiver and confidentiality agreements, preventing any future disclosures about the abuse or settlement payment.

Allowing the Church to conceal the details of the abuse could continue a pattern of cover-ups that have protected many predatory priests and their supervisors in the past. The existence of the fund may also limit the amount of additional investigations into the abuse problem. Advocates for the clergy abuse survivors have expressed concern that crucial information, including priest assignment files, may not be available to survivors who accept compensation from the fund.

Justice for Clergy Abuse Survivors

Healing from the aftermath of sexual abuse can be a lifelong journey for many. Obtaining compensation for the costs of medical and psychological treatment, mental health expenses, prescription drugs, lost wages, and their ongoing emotional distress can help abuse survivors and their families move forward. By holding all responsible parties accountable, including the church officials who covered up or moved abusive clergy from one assignment to another, justice can be found for the survivors.

New Brunswick Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law Office of Harold J. Gerr Protect the Rights of Clergy Abuse Survivors

If you are a survivor of clergy abuse, the experienced New Brunswick clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr can help you obtain justice. With compassion and dedication, we strive to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for clergy abuse survivors and their families. To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 732-249-4600 or submit an online inquiry form.

Our Highland Park, New Jersey offices serve clients in New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Archdiocese of Newark Allegedly Dismissed Survivor’s Abuse Claims

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Archdiocese of Newark Allegedly Dismissed Survivor’s Abuse ClaimsA clergy abuse survivor alleges that the Archdiocese of Newark dismissed the claims he brought to them. Nearly 30 years ago, a priest originally from St. Michael’s Parish in Florham Park, New Jersey allegedly abused the survivor when the priest served as a substitute at the Immaculate Conception Church within the Archdiocese. After decades of suppressing the abuse, the man gathered the courage to come forward with the claims when he read the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report released in 2018. When he approached the Archdiocese back in August 2018, representatives kept passing him on to others, and he did not receive any type of resolution. The Archdiocese claims that since the purported abusive priest was a member of the religious order Society of Divine Vocations that they are not responsible for examining the claims despite his service in Archdiocese churches. The priest left the order 20 years ago, and currently serves as a priest in a church in Brazil who claims they never received information regarding the abuse allegations. In the meantime, the survivor filed his claims with the Newark Police Department.

Despite the fact that religious orders fall within the authority of the Catholic church, many dioceses deflect responsibility for investigating abuse claims by members of the orders even if they have served as clergy members within their churches. They state that they are not accountable for compensating victims or survivors if the priest in question is involved with a religious order. This prevents those who suffered from traumatic abuse to put the past behind them and hold their abusers accountable for their actions.

If you or someone you love suffered from abuse as a child, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr will pursue justice for you. To schedule a free case review, call us at 732-249-4600 or toll-free at 877-249-4600 or contact us online. From our offices in Highland Park, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout New Jersey including the municipalities of New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.