New Jersey Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer
New Jersey Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Archdioceses
It often takes decades for sexual abuse victims to come forward and identify their assaulter in hopes they will be held accountable.
If you are a sexual assault survivor harmed by priests or other clergy members and want justice, the compassionate New Jersey sexual abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help. Contact us today for a free confidential consultation.
Our caring team of legal representatives will fight on your behalf to protect your rights and provide a safe place to talk about what happened.
Our clergy sexual abuse injury attorneys are here to listen to your story. Your abuse lawyer will work to make sure that your story of childhood sex abuse gets its day in court if your case does not settle before then.
Believing that a Roman Catholic priest or another clergy member sexually assaulted an innocent parishioner was once considered unfathomable.
However, in the last few decades, many sexual predatory priests and bishops have been exposed by their victims who were sexually assaulted by the religious leader.
These cases revealed that Church officials knew of the priest’s abusive behavior and yet failed to take the necessary action to ensure they were held criminally accountable in victims were protected.
As a result, the molester was allowed to continue victimizing children and young adults for years.
Clergy Sexual Assault
In August 2019, thirty individuals stepped forward to say New Jersey religious leaders had sexually assaulted them when they were underage children.
The allegations included new names on the list of over a dozen accused priests who were now credibly accused of sexual molestation.
The church in New Jersey, like in other states including Pennsylvania and New York, engaged in a decades-long pattern of cover-up and hiding evidence of child sexual abuse. However, sexually abused victims have new legal options.
Recently, state legislators changed clergy abuse law to provide more time for sexual assault survivors to file lawsuits for compensation against their abusers and enablers, including the Roman Catholic Church of New Jersey.
Victims of New Jersey clergy abuse can seek compensation beyond the restrictions of the state’s statute of limitations.
The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault of an innocent person often creates lifelong devastation altering the victim’s well-being. Molested adults and children often develop debilitating sleeping disorders, ongoing depression, substance abuse, and self-injury.
Young children and teenage sexual assault victims may develop negative eating habits, begin living an over-sexualized lifestyle, or engage in any form of risky behavior.
The trauma of sexual abuse by clergy members may result in suicide or suicidal ideation (thinking about committing suicide).
Holding the Abuser Accountable
In January 2020, the Roman Catholic Church in New Jersey received over 500 applications for compensation involving childhood sexual abuse harmed by priests and other clergy members. New Jersey’s sex abuse victims who do not want to file a civil lawsuit have the option of applying to the compensation fund managed by the Catholic Church.
So far, the independent victim compensation program has funded over $11 million in out of court settlements to sixty-nine victims in New Jersey who filed sexual abuse claims.
The remaining applications will remain under review until officials determine the validity of each case.
Our sexual abuse lawyers handle clergy abuse cases for our clients and can help your family too. Our trial lawyers have years of experience building compensation cases and fight aggressively with the Church’s legal team wanting to minimize the value of the victims’ sexual injury claims.
New Jersey Roman Catholic Church Diocese
New Jersey’s Catholic community is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide where forty percent of the state’s population identifies as Catholic. The Archdiocese of Newark, four dioceses, and their Bishops manage more than 645 parishes and 208 Catholic schools throughout the state.
The Church provides services to hundreds of thousands of registered Catholics living in twenty-one counties.
New Jersey Dioceses
Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson
777 Valley Rd
Clifton, NJ 07013
Bishop: Arthur J. Serratelli
Cathedral: St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral
Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden
631 Market St
Camden, NJ 08102
Bishop: Dennis Joseph Sullivan
Cathedral: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Ave
Newark, NJ 07104
Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton
701 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen
146 Metlars Ln.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Bishop of Metuchen: James F. Checchio
Cathedral: St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral