When survivors of Catholic Church sex abuse come forward, they do more than hold the church accountable for the harm caused—they protect others from having to go through the same experiences in the future.
If you are thinking about coming forward, you should know that the lawyers at Keating Wagner Polidori Free support you. At our Denver law firm, we stand with the survivors of sex abuse and forcefully advocate for them.
Survivors Abused Anytime After 1960 Are Eligible
Starting January 1, 2022, the state of Colorado opened up a three-year “window” under the the Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act (CSAAA). The window gives survivors who were abused between January 1, 1960, and December 31, 2024, the right to take legal action for abuse.
This window allows survivors to file lawsuits even if the statute of limitations has expired. This means that it may not be too late for you to take action, even if you thought you waited too long.
What’s more, Colorado has removed the statute of limitations from sexual abuse claims going forward, including clergy abuse. So, survivors of abuse in the future will not have their claims barred by the passing of time.
Survivors Harmed by Priests, Clergy or Other Employees of the Catholic Church Are Eligible
Not all of the sexual abuse within the Catholic Church was committed by priests. There are documented instances of misconduct by deacons and bishops, as well as by employees of the Archdiocese of Denver, Diocese of Colorado Springs and Diocese of Pueblo. No matter who your abuser was, the issue and the pain caused are just as valid.
Evidence of Sex Abuse Is Not Necessary
Many survivors of sexual abuse keep their stories secret because they worry nobody will believe them. They don’t have hard evidence that the abuse ever happened—especially when so many years have passed and because of the nature of the harm.
Evidence is not always necessary in order to file a clergy sex abuse claim. If your lawyer can prove that the church has knowledge of the abuse and that any subsequent abuse was foreseeable, you could have a claim.
Your attorney may be able to obtain access to church records showing the church knew or should have known that the abuser was inclined to abuse children. It often turns out that sexual abuse litigation provides insight into the steps the church took to cover up the abuse.
Contact Us for a Free and Confidential Consultation
We understand that clergy sexual abuse can be one of the most personal and painful experiences of a lifetime. We are here for you.
Your talk with an attorney at our Denver law firm will be private and confidential. You will not be forced into litigation. Instead, you can use your free consultation to collect information and consider your options. To get started call 303-534-0401 or send us a message.