Although child sexual abuse in the Catholic church has made the biggest headlines, the problem is common in many religions. Regardless of the religion, sexual abuse by a clergy member has devastating physical and emotional consequences for the victims. Unfortunately, victims cannot rely on the church, synagogue or mosque for help in these cases.
Your religious organization may have denied your allegations or promised help and then turned you away, but at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we will listen to your story and treat you with compassion. Our experienced, caring crime victim lawyers represent children and adults who were sexually abused by religious leaders.
Attorney Jeffrey Fritz leads our practice dedicated to crime victims. Mr. Fritz is a charter member and past president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Please call 215-929-7216 to schedule a free consultation with one of our sexual abuse victim attorneys in Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Reading, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and New York.
Standing With You In A Church Sexual Abuse Case
Sexual abuse can be perpetrated by clergy and religious leaders such as priests, nuns, deacons, bishops, reverends, ministers, pastors, rabbis and imams as well as choir directors, Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders and volunteers.
We can represent people of any faith, including abuse within:
- Catholic Church
- Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Protestant churches
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Church Of God In Christ, Inc. (COGIC)
- Seventh-Day Adventists
In clergy sexual abuse cases, many offenders are moved to other towns or churches instead of being turned into the police. The effects of this are twofold: the offenders are free to abuse more children, and the victims do not get justice.
It has become clear that people who have survived clergy and church sexual abuse will need legal help to get justice and compensation. We will investigate your case to determine the liable parties. In addition to the abuser, church officials and the church itself may be liable for allowing the abuse to occur.
Mandatory reporters are individuals required by the state to report suspicions of child abuse to authorities.
- In Pennsylvania, mandatory reporters include members of the clergy.
- In New Jersey, anyone with reason to suspect child abuse is mandated to report it.
Failure to prevent or report the abuse may make these parties liable.