Clergy sexual abuse is a serious problem in Colorado. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, there have been clergy sexual abuse cases reported in every county in the state.
This is a difficult topic to talk about, but victims deserve to know what’s needed from them in order to file a claim. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, please reach out for help. Our law firm can help you clarify your rights and determine your next steps.
1. What is clergy sexual abuse?
Clergy sexual abuse is a form of sexual assault that occurs when someone in a position of trust, such as a priest or pastor, uses their authority to exploit and sexually abuse someone else. This can involve anything from unwanted touching and groping to forced oral sex or intercourse.
In January 2022, a new 3-year window opened allowing any survivors of sexual abuse, including clergy sexual abuse, whose statute of limitations had already passed to bring claims against their abuser and their affiliated employer. This includes anyone abused from 1960 forward.
2. What are the consequences of clergy sexual abuse?
The consequences of clergy sexual abuse can be devastating. Victims may suffer from emotional trauma, flashbacks, anxiety, and depression. They may also have difficulty forming relationships or trusting people again. In some cases, the abuse can lead to substance abuse or suicide.
It is important to remember that victims are not responsible for the actions of their abuser. No one deserves to be sexually abused, no matter what.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of clergy sexual abuse, it is important to get help. Many resources are available to survivors, and you do not have to go through this alone. The first step is to reach out for help and support.
There are other resources sexual abuse survivors can use to get help, including:
- CO Crises Services – Hotline: #844-493-8255 / Text: TALK to 38255 (Telephone, text and in-person support available.)
- MESA – Hotline: #303-443-7300 / Text: BRAVE to 20121 (Telephone, text and in-person support available.)
4. What should survivors do next?
Having someone review the specifics of your case is strongly recommended. It’s in your best interests to get help with those claims as soon as possible.
How can Keating Wagner help?
The law offices of Keating Wagner use various methods to get justice for victims of clergy sexual abuse. First and foremost, they work with the victim to understand their rights under the law and help them build a case against their abuser. They also work with the prosecution to ensure the abuser is held accountable for their actions. Finally, they work to get the victim the compensation they deserve for the emotional trauma they have suffered.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of clergy sexual abuse, please reach out to the law offices of Keating Wagner for help. You don’t have to go through this alone.
For more information about how we can help with clergy sexual abuse, contact us on the phone for a consultation.