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Ohio Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys

Ohio Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Archdioceses

Ohio Catholic church clergy abuseFor many decades, religious leaders have taken advantage of the vulnerability of teenagers and young children to engage in sexual abuse, inappropriate touching, physical assault, and other non-consensual behavior. Priest sex abuse was an expression of their power and done for their own sexual gratification.The survivor often trusted Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Bishops, Cardinals, Deacons, teachers, coaches, and other religious authorities that committed these deplorable acts. Typically, church officials failed to notify proper authorities of what was occurring and allowed the sexual predator to remain in a position of power at the parish or parochial school.

Speaking up and telling others about a horrific sexual abuse experience usually happens after decades of suffering in silence. If you are a sexual assault survivor or your loved one was victimized through sexual abuse, the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help.

A clergy abuse attorney from our caring team of legal experts will fight to protect your rights and provide a safe place to speak openly about what occurred. Our clergy sexual injury attorneys are here to listen to your story. We can work with you to build a successful case to ensure the sexual perpetrator who caused your injuries faces their consequences.

Clergy Sexual Assault Remains a Problem

In early 2019, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus released a list identifying priests who had been formally accused of sexually abusing underage children. In addition to covering up many of these cases, Catholic officials never told parishioners or local law enforcement what occurred.

Sadly, current Ohio laws could make it difficult for victims to find justice. In December 2019, a state representative of Green Township endorsed significant reform to change Ohio’s statute of limitations that currently restricts sexual abuse survivors’ opportunities to seek and obtain financial compensation for their damages.

Many critics believe that the current laws enable the church to conceal sexual assault cases while discouraging victims from filing civil lawsuits that require the survivors to take legal action before turning thirty years old.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

We all must advocate for children and teenagers who have been victimized by religious leaders at churches, schools, and child-associated organizations. The long-lasting aftereffects of being sexually abused can negatively alter the victim’s well-being and lead to unwanted substance abuse, self-injury, sleeping disorders, and ongoing depression.

In some cases, young children and teens who survive sexual assault develop negative eating habits, engage in risky behaviors, or start living an over-sexualized lifestyle.

The History of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse in Ohio

There has been an increased focus on child sex abuse by Catholic clergy after a shocking Pennsylvania grand jury report showed shocking numbers of cases of diocesan abuse. There has been a national reckoning in general about clergy sex abuse, and Ohio is no exception.

Nearly two decades ago, local law enforcement criminally charged the Cincinnati Archdiocese for their failure to report sexual molestation of underage minors committed by religious leaders. Since 2003, the Archdiocese has paid out more than $17 million with victims assaulted by predatory priests and other church employees.

In the last few years, the Roman Catholic Church in Ohio paid out millions to settle lawsuits involving allegations of sexual abuse. The negotiated agreement also provided lifelong counseling to nearly two dozen survivors.

While there have been a multitude of lawsuits, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has not the followed the example of colleagues in Michigan and Missouri. The attorney general claims that state law does not allow for statewide investigations. Thus, it will be up to an individual county prosecutor to take action. The list of priests who have been accused of molesting children is long, so there is still work to be done.

The negotiated settlement to resolve these cases has provided some closure for victims. However, many parishioners are skeptical of the Church and critical of its leadership to protect children from predatory priests in the future since not all priests on the sex-abuse list have had to face justice.

Ohio Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys Are Ready to Help

Our network of affiliate attorneys knows how challenging it is to talk about the unspeakable actions of the clergy members who harmed you. The Catholic Church may respond to sexual abuse cases with denial. They have a decades-long history of protecting catholic priests accused of sex abuse.

However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, on your side, you will not face them alone. We can assure you that all those responsible for your abuse will hear your shocking story at trial or when settling your case.

Let us open your case today and start filing all of the necessary paperwork before the Ohio statute of limitations expires. Your actions today can ensure that no one else will ever be sexually assaulted by the religious authority again. We will protect your rights, successfully resolve your case, and obtain financial compensation.

Unlike states such as New York, California and New Jersey, Ohio has not extended the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases. In lawsuits that involve allege sexual abuse of minors, plaintiffs have until 12 years after the 18th birthday to file a lawsuit. Therefore, if you intend to file a claim for child sexual abuse, it is imperative to call our law firm and act today.

Contact us now at (888) 424-5757. All information you share during an initial, free consultation concerning your case will remain confidential.

Ohio Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In Ohio, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, four dioceses, and their Bishops manage more than 460 Churches and 258 Catholic schools and high schools across the state (listed below), providing services to hundreds of thousands of registered Catholics in cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown and Columbus to parochial school children, and catechism students living in eighty-eight counties.

Ohio Dioceses

Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown
144 W Wood St
Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 744-8451
Youngstown State University
doy.org

Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo
1933 Spielbusch Ave
Toledo, OH 43604
(419) 244-6711
toledodiocese.org

Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus
197 E Gay St
Columbus, OH 43215
columbuscatholic.org
(614) 228-2457

Romanian Catholic Eparchy of St George’s in Canton
1121 44th Street NE
Canton, OH 44714
(330) 493-9355
Bishop: John Michael Botean
Cathedral: St George Byzantine Catholic

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati
100 E 8th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131
Cathedral: St. Peter In Chains Cathedral
catholiccincinnati.org

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