If you are a victim of clergy sexual abuse, it can take years before you decide to take legal action against your abuser. The abuse might have happened when you were a minor, you might feel ashamed or that the abuse was your fault. However, when you take the steps to seek legal advice or assistance from a clergy sexual abuse attorney, you will discover the support and understanding you deserve. Here is what you can expect once you seek legal assistance from a clergy sexual abuse attorney.
The Initial Call
Your first call with a clergy sexual abuse attorney’s office will immediately provide support and sensitivity to your case. We understand the trauma and sensitivity of child sexual abuse victims and will ensure you feel 100% comfortable answering the questions we need. Be prepared to share basic information, with a sensitive, trained individual who will keep your information completely confidential within the confines of the firm.
Their job is to help you seek compensation, and therefore they must ask sensitive questions regarding your abuse. Generally, you will only need to share the timing of your abuse, the name of the church, and if you know the name of the clergy who assaulted you. Do not be nervous or worried about having to share explicit details until you are ready.
Investigating Your Claim
A clergy sexual abuse attorney will review the information provided and decide if they can take on your case. Timing is key as there is a statute of limitations that could apply. However, Texas recently increased the statute of limitations from 15 to 30 years. If it seems we can assist, we will send you paperwork to sign and return and we will contact you once the paperwork is received.
At this time we will require additional information about your case. You can provide your details in the manner you feel most comfortable and can add more information if you remember something relevant to your case. There is never any pressure to share your story, and instead, we want you to share information at your own pace. The more information you can share, or remember, the more information we have to help with our investigation.
Getting a Settlement from the Catholic Church
We will make recommendations on how we can proceed, and you decide what option feels right for you. As long as your case is still within the statute of limitations, you have the choice to file your case in court. If you are not comfortable with this option, we can negotiate with the dioceses responsible for a settlement. With a settlement, you have the funds to explore therapies to deal with your abuse, and in turn lead a happier, more fulfilling life. You can help regain the power stolen from you as a child, and regain your pride by understanding you were a victim not a participant in the abuse.
The experts at Malley Law Firm understand the emotional sensitivities of your case. Speak to our clergy abuse and attorney for sexual harassment by a clergy today to learn how we can help.