A church or other religious organization should be a place of sanctuary, spirituality, and positivity. Unfortunately, there are those who choose to violate the safety of these spaces and harm others. We know now that some religious organizations, including the Catholic Church for example, has had a long-running problem with child sexual abuse. These actions can not only shake faiths and change lives, but their consequences can be long-lasting and difficult to heal.
Adults can become victims of sexual abuse in religious organizations, too, through coercion, manipulation, guilt tactics, and other methods. When these things occur, they are not the fault of the survivor. Survivors may be able to seek justice and compensation for their suffering. Although criminal liability can be difficult to establish, civil negligence may be an easier bar to clear.
At HHJ Trial Attorneys, we aggressively litigate cases against religious organizations to push back against cover-up cultures of abuse. If you or a loved one has been affected by this violation of trust, please consider the following information.
Survivors of abuse by churches and other religiously affiliated groups are not alone. There is an impressive network of support for these individuals. Sadly, that often does not make the road ahead for survivors an easy one. The effects of abuse can last for years or even decades, and usually requires potentially expensive therapy. However, it is always important to remember that the fault and blame always lie solely with those who committed the abuse.
Although the state may file criminal charges in the event of abuse where sufficient evidence exists, it is a difficult standard to meet. The bar for establishing negligence in a civil suit is lower than establishing guilt for a conviction in a criminal case. As a result, there is a greater chance for success and a better opportunity to hold those responsible accountable for what they did or failed to do. The financial damages awarded through successful civil suits can help offset therapy costs and provide for an abused individual’s future.
The process of suing a religious group, large or small, can be a challenging effort — but with the right attorneys at work, you can step back and let the system work. At HHJ Trial Attorneys, we have extensive experience in civil litigation related to abuse, negligence, and personal injury. With our passion for helping clients and our devotion to ensuring the truth comes out, we can assist you in seeking compensation for what has happened to you, a loved one, or a child.
Arrange a private consultation with our team today to discuss your situation in a safe environment.