Most of us have seen the headlines around the country regarding the sex abuse scandal perpetuated by the Catholic Church and its various archdiocese and religious orders. Victims of sex abuse perpetuated by Catholic priests can be found throughout the world, a fact that speaks to the negligence and failure of the Catholic church to rid itself of pedophile priests. As more facts come to light, many of which having been kept secret by the church, we see a widespread institutional flaw in the Catholic church that has resulted in thousands of children being abused over the span of several decades. While the Catholic church has received much attention, other religious orders and groups have also allowed pedophiles into their flock who sexually abused and molested children.
While we may never know the full extent of the problem, our attorneys are here to help you and your family if you were victimized by a priest or other member of a religious order. Many states, including Washington, also permit victims who have now reached adulthood to come forward years after the abuse and seek justice. Many times victims of sexual abuse may not realize the abuse until well into their adulthood and decades after the abuse. The recent media attention regarding sex abuse perpetuated by priests has caused many persons to come forward.
If you were sexually abused by a priest, preacher or other person working for or at a church or other religious order, come forward and break your silence. Our attorneys are here to help direct you toward counseling and non-profit groups who can help you while we look into your claim and help you determine the proper means to recover from the responsible entities and churches. Any information your provide to us is kept in the strictest of confidence and your attorney-client privilege guarantees that we will never communicate with anyone regarding your situation without your permission.
Victims of sexual abuse often have difficulty discussing the horrific events of their childhood. The same holds true for victims of sexual abuse perpetuated by members of the clergy and priests whose victims were taught to trust and obey. In recent years, sexual abuse and molestation committed by priests has garnered much media attention, particularly after the movie Spotlight which told the story of victims abused by clergy within the Boston Archdiocese.
Like Boston, Seattle and the archdioceses in the northwest were host to many priests who sexually abused and molested children, including students at Catholic schools. Last year, the Archdiocese released a list of 77 priests from the Seattle archdiocese who had been accused of sexual abuse. Many of these priests committed these acts in the 60s and 70s, meaning the victims of the abuse are often in their 60s presently.
In Washington, victims of abuse that occurred many years ago may still come forward with claims and take these cases to court. The Washington statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse allows victims to bring claims within three years of discovering that an injury was caused by the abuse. The courts have allowed claims to come forward in many cases when the abuse took place decades ago.
If you were abused by a priest or member of the clergy, it is important to come forward and tell your story. We offer a safe, confidential setting where you can explain the events to an attorney who can help you determine if you have a claim that can be brought.
If you or someone you know was abused by a priest, contact us today to schedule a free, private consultation. Call The Emerald Law Group at 206- 826-5160.
811 First Ave Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104