About 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their perpetrators. This includes the local priests children respect and look up to. Even with the high profile cases involving clergy members in the early 2000s and a policy known as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which is a set of procedures which was enforced by the Catholic Church to address sexual abuse allegations, more people are coming forward with these horrible allegations.
Recent California Clergy Lawsuits
- August 2011 – A Fresno priest charged with sexual abuse of a 7 year old girl.
- March 2011 – A priest is charged with sexually abusing a 17 year old girl in San Francisco back in 1979.
- May 2010 – In San Diego, two separate sexually abuse charges were filed against a priest.
- February 2010 – A pastor in Glendale, CA was charged with sexually abusing a 13 year old girl.
Holding Perpetrators and Religious Institutions Accountable
If your child or a child you know has endured abuse by a priest, minister, rabbi or other religious leader, you may contact the attorneys of Estey Bomberger today to receive a consultation regarding your rights in a civil claim. We handle claims not just against perpetrators, but against the organizations and entities whose negligent failure to supervise or respond to abuse allegations resulted in devastating consequences. We have recovered millions of dollars for abuse victims, including a $30 child molestation verdict in 2010. Contact us today for a free consultation with a child molestation victim lawyer at Estey Bomberger.