People That Have Been Abused By A Church Official Are Entitled To Compensation
Did You Suffer Abuse by a Church Priest or Official?
There are now 17 jurisdictions across the country that have launched investigations into church sex abuse following the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing the alleged cover-up of decades of abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests.
In addition to the ongoing Illinois investigation, officials in Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Alaska and the District of Columbia said their offices were reviewing options and considering taking similar action.
If you or your child are among the thousands of victims of abuse by a church priest or official, you may be entitled to substantial compensation to help with your recovery.
- Consultations are completely confidential
- Cases are be filed anonymously
- No cost to investigate or file a case unless you win
Victims of abuse can seek substantial compensation for:
- Disability and Lost Earnings
- Lost Time for Family
- Medical Treatment
Find Out If You Qualify
Investigators have accused senior church officials of covering up complaints, protecting abusive priests and coercing victims into silence.
And, although they’ve fought to limit the amount of time victims have to file claims, the church has now paid out more than $3 billion to those affected.
Those who suffered abuse or molestation have legal rights and can seek compensation.
If you or a loved one were among the thousands of victims, you may qualify.
“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” – Pope Francis
History Of Abuse By The Church
Boston - 2003
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston was forced to pay $85 million to compensate 552 victims of sexual abuse
The deal is the largest publicly disclosed payout by a U.S. diocese to settle molestation charges. Under the agreement, victims will receive awards ranging from $80,000 to $300,000 Parents who filed lawsuits claiming their children were abused will receive $20,000
Kentucky - 2004
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington agreed on Friday to set up a $120million fund to compensate victims of child-molesting priests and other employees. The compensation range was from $5,000 to $450,000 a person.
Los Angeles - 2007
In the largest church abuse settlement yet to date, the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese agreed to pay $660 million to compensate more than 500 victims who alleged sexual abuse. Victims of abuse will receive an average of about $1.3 million each.
San Diego - 2007
San Diego Archdiocese agreed to a $198.1 million settlement to help 144 victims recover from abuse or molestation from church priests.
This was a landmark moment in one the largest scandals in the church's 2,000-year-old history. The amount each victim in San Diego received varied widely and was determined by a judge. The cases involve acts from 1938 to 1993, with most in the 1960s and ’70s.
Minnesota - 2018
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona settled a landmark public nuisance lawsuit brought by clergy abuse victims in October 2014. The lawsuit accused the Twin Cities archdiocese and the Winona diocese of creating a public nuisance by keeping information on abusive priests secret.
Boston - 2018
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston pays $1 million to settle claims by eight people who were sexually abused by two priests in the 1970s and 1980s.
5 men and 3 women were abused by the Revs. John Gallagher and Robert Turnbull in the 1970s and early 1980s. The victims were 9 to 12 years old at the time. Both Gallagher and Turnbull have since died.
Chicago - 2018
More than 500 priests accused of sexual abuse not yet publicly identified by Catholic Church, Illinois attorney general finds
Accusations have been leveled against 690 priests, while Catholic officials have publicly identified only 185 clergy with credible allegations against them. The office of the attorney general created a hotline for victims of abuse, and it has already fielded 300 calls