Sexual abuse scandals have rocked the Catholic Church and other denominations around the globe in recent years. Thousands of victims have come forward to accuse their priests of sexually abusing them over decades, and justice is finally being served.
However, these crimes are still being committed, and some victims are scared to speak up. Luckily, at White Law PLLC, we are here for all the support a victim could need. We understand that you might feel scared and alone, but ultimately, the only way to move forward is to file a claim and demand compensation.
If you have been a victim of abuse at church in the Bay City area, or have been sexually assaulted by any religious power throughout any religion, we are here to help. For more information about cases like these, continue reading below for more information.
The Basics of Clergy Sexual Abuse
When it comes to sexual abuse from clergy members or members of the church, things can sometimes become complicated. However, with the right amount of proof, a clear liability can be established, and justice can be served.
Clergy sexual abuse is defined as the inappropriate or forced actions of a priest or religious authority figure, forcing sexual acts onto a churchgoer. Molestation and any sexual contact are included in this definition. Some other additional acts that are considered clergy sexual abuse include:
- Use of pornographic images or videos when speaking
- Sexual assault
- The mere suggestion of sexual activities
- Inappropriate touching
- Flashing of genital areas
Clergy sexual abuse can occur from the grooming of victims or shaming victims into performing sexual acts. Grooming is when the liable party makes you feel very highly honored and respected, giving you plenty of attention. From there, you are led to believe that you will be continued to be praised if you perform sexual acts or negative actions.
Shame works in the same way, whereas a religious power figure will threaten or make the victim feel bad for not doing as they say when it comes to sexual acts. Then, once these acts are committed, they will make the victim feel bad for what they have done, and scared to speak up.
Your Fight Is Our Fight
How Can a Skilled Lawyer Help if You Are a Victim of Clergy Sexual Abuse?
If you have been a victim of sexual abuse at your church or any church you have attended, it’s very important to speak with someone that can help. We understand that cases like this can be sensitive and scary, but you shouldn’t feel alone. Our attorneys at White Law PLLC can be with you every step of the way throughout the legal process.
If a member of the church has abused you, we can collect all the necessary evidence to prove it. By speaking with the police and checking police reports, and interviewing witnesses, moving forward with your case is a breeze.
On the other hand, we are also ready to take on the bigger liable party. The church. At White Law PLLC, we aren’t afraid to hold the church responsible for your trauma. Even though, in the past, larger entities, such as the church, would attempt to pay victims off, so that these crimes are brought to light.
We will not stand for this. Ultimately, the church is a business because it employs clergy, ministers, and priests, and we believe that accountability must also be demanded. No matter the liable party, we are ready to fight for you.
We’re not just lawyers. We’re passionate advocates who will ensure that your voice is heard and your rights are protected.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Clergy Sexual Abuse Cases?
As stated above, various parties can be held liable. Generally, the main liable party will be the individual person who committed the crimes. In this case, it will likely be clergy members, ministers, priests, or pastors.
Additionally, as we touched on above, the church can also be held liable in cases like this. We will look into suing the church as a whole as well because sometimes a single perpetrator doesn’t have the funds to compensate you fully.
By holding multiple parties liable, we can ensure that you will receive the compensation you are owed for the hurt and trauma you have experienced as a victim.
We know how to get our clients the results they need in the toughest legal arenas.
What Damages Can Victims Claim in Cases Like These?
We understand that when you are a victim in a case that involves clergy sexual abuse, the end isn’t always clear. As a victim, it’s normal to experience all kinds of emotions and trauma from abuse in a place that should feel safe.
We also understand that no amount of money can make up for the situation that has occurred. However, monetary compensation can sometimes help you get back on your feet. In cases that involve clergy sexual abuse, the damages that you can collect will vary based on the case.
Some damages you can collect include things that don’t have a monetary value attached to them. For example, you can collect these non-economic damages:
- Past and future trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
In some cases, you will also be able to accept the other type of damage. This type is damages that are associated with monetary value, and are called economic damages, or compensatory damages. These damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
Because of the different types of damages that can be collected from cases like this, they tend to be complex. This is why having a skilled law team on your side can improve your chances of getting the justice you rightfully deserve after the experience you went through as a victim.
You will always work directly with your attorney throughout your case.
Speak to Our Team At White Law PLLC for Help With Your Clergy Sexual Abuse Claim!
If you are a victim of clergy sexual assault or know of a friend or family member who has experienced something like this, you shouldn’t be scared to seek help. These crimes are very serious in the state of Michigan, and those who committed them should be punished. Our attorneys at White Law PLLC will hold all parties accountable for any actions committed against you, and stay by your side through it all.
For a free consultation, contact us today. Fighting for you is our highest priority, and we are here to ensure that justice is served.
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