The state of New Jersey is taking a strong stance against clergy abuse. The Archdiocese of Newark, which is the state’s largest diocese, has recently been subpoenaed, compelling officials to turn over records and files related to its clergy sexual abuse investigation. That was just the beginning of what has become a lengthy and far-reaching investigation into possible clergy sex abuse cases throughout the entire state, including those that occurred in thousands of Catholic churches and schools.
While this may offer some hope that the culture of silence that has dominated the Catholic church for decades is ending; it offers little solace to victims whose voices have yet to be heard. If you are struggling with the emotional aftermath of clergy abuse, no matter how many years have gone by, your New Jersey clergy abuse lawyer can help. From Trenton to New Brunswick, and throughout the entire state, we are helping victims recover their voice and speak out against the suffering they have endured.
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Holding the Catholic Church Accountable
More advocates are making progress in holding the Catholic church accountable. Although sexual abuse can occur in any faith, abuse in the Catholic church has been under fire for several years in part because the abuse was so widespread, and because the church’s official response was weak and evasive.
Many, if not most abusers in the Catholic church have been priests, but there are others who may also have committed grievous acts against innocent victims, including:
- Youth leaders
- Sunday school teachers
- Choir directors
If you have been a victim of sexual abuse by anyone connected with the Catholic church or any other religious organization, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Although financial recovery can never erase the pain you have endured, it can be the beginning to healing as you hold accountable your predator and those who enabled the predatory behavior.
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In addition to the emotional suffering and scarring that childhood victims of abuse have endured, the abuse can also affect their relationships, spirituality, health and well-being well into the future, and it can have a financial impact on their lives forever. While no amount of money can restore someone completely, financial compensation can help put a victim on the road to recovery.
You may be entitled to financial compensation for the following:
- Psychological counseling
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Types of Clergy Abuse
Predators often spend time grooming their victims, using their position of trust in the church to gain access to vulnerable children. The impact may be so devastating that some victims do not remember it clearly, or they do not come forward until many years later.
Clergy abuse may take many forms, including:
- Unwanted touching, with or without clothing
- Sexual threats
- Sexual harassment
- Indecent exposure
- Lewd acts or comments
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
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New Jersey Clergy Abuse Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Advocate for Clergy Abuse Victims
If you or a loved one has been the victim of any kind of clergy abuse, the New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr represent victims of clergy abuse and can help those harmed obtain the justice they deserve. We offer knowledgeable and insightful service to victims, providing the compassionate support and fierce representation that victims need. To schedule a free consultation today, contact us online or call us at 732-537-8570. Located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we proudly 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.