The outbreak of sexual abuse allegations has been focused on the Catholic Church, but other denominations may also harbor abusers. Priests, ministers, reverends, rabbis and other members of the clergy have been convicted of child sexual molestation in the past, and their institutions have been held liable.
If you or your child was victimized by an abusive clergy member, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to understand the legal options available to you. Even if an incident has not been formally reported, you may still file a lawsuit and bring your abuser to justice years after the fact.
At Winer, Burritt & Scott, LLP, we understand how difficult it is to report sexual abuse and molestation. But you are not alone. You don’t have to feel ashamed. Our partner attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience litigating sexual abuse cases. We can handle all the legal aspects of your case and fight for the compensation that you deserve so that you can get the help you need to recover from the trauma you have faced. We hold responsible parties accountable and represent clients throughout California.
Call our office at (510) 433-1000 to speak with a clergy sexual abuse lawyer in Oakland, San Francisco or Los Angeles. We offer free initial consultations, and we litigate all cases on a contingency fee basis.
Clergy Child Molestation In California
The Catholic Church has had a history of covering up sexual molestation in California, notably in the Oakland and Stockton diocese and the Los Angeles archdiocese, among others. In fact, leaders of the Church have systematically protected and kept dozens of accused child molesters in the ministry from at least the mid-1980s into the 2000s, when the Boston Globe revealed the Boston archdiocese sexual abuse scandal.
Sexual molestation of children by clergy members is one of the most damaging sexual abuse acts conceivable. Clergy members are highly trusted members of the community. People look to them not only for spiritual guidance, but also for guidance in work, family, communal and other personal issues. Sexual molestation damages the victim psychologically, emotionally and physically.
At Winer, Burritt & Scott, LLP, we pursue compensation on behalf of injured clients for past and future damages, including long-term pain and suffering, and we have the resources to fight defendants aggressively.
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Contact us at (510) 433-1000 to discuss your case confidentially with a lawyer. We bring abusers to justice and hold liable parties accountable for damages that will help our clients attain the fullest possible recovery.