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Oregon Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys

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

For decades, clergymen serving the Roman Catholic Church have lured young children and teenagers to participate in inappropriate sexual behavior against their will. These priests and other religious leaders broke the bond of trust and harmed their victims for their repressed sexual gratification.

In response, church officials often failed to do an internal investigation or turn the predatory priest over to legal authorities for criminal prosecution. Instead, the Church often promoted the priest to a higher position at a different Parish and hid the case from the public and police. Fortunately, there are several remedies available for sexual abuse survivors to ensure that the predator and church are held legally accountable.

It often takes victims decades to speak about the abuse they survived, usually coming forward only after suffering in silence for years. If you are a sexual assault survivor and want justice, a clergy abuse attorney with the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help. Our caring team of lawyers can protect your rights and help you speak openly about what happened.

Our clergy sexual abuse injury lawyers are ready to hear your story in a confidential setting. We have a comprehensive understanding of Oregon tort law and will use the legal system to ensure the perpetrator faces the consequences they deserve for their despicable behavior.

Clergy Sexual Assault – An Ongoing Problem

In 2018, the Roman Catholic Church released a report identifying 263 Catholic religious leaders who had been credibly accused of sexually molesting innocent victims. Eleven priests on the list have ties to the Roman Catholic Church in Oregon, including Reverend James Jacobson, Brother John Moriarty, Father Tarcisio Lanuevo, Reverend James McSorley, and Father Edmond Ryan.

In 2007, the Portland Archdiocese agreed to a $75 million settlement to compensate sexual assault victims who had been molested by priests. Over $50 million of the agreement was paid by the Catholic Church’s insurance companies and from an Allied Irish Bank credit line.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

Many sexual assault victims experience ongoing psychological damage and find it difficult to speak out to tell others what happened. To handle the trauma, they often develop unwanted disorders, including clinical depression, substance abuse, ongoing anxiety, self-injury, suicidal ideation (thinking about suicide).

Some survivors eventually take their lives years or decades after experiencing sexual assault. Many teenage and children victims deal with the emotional pain through harmful eating habits, engage in risky life-threatening behaviors, or start living an oversexualized lifestyle.

Healing for some victims requires reaching out to someone they trust to discuss what happened instead of avoiding the truth. The trauma they experience can be a challenge to their senses and make them feel isolated or helpless.

Support from organized groups is available for sexual abuse and rape survivors. These organizations provide coping mechanisms that help the victim recover and develop healthy personal and sexual relationships.

Seeking Justice

In August 2019, the Portland Oregon Roman Catholic Archdiocese settled lawsuits involving eight individuals for $4 million. The cases involved sexual molestation committed by Father Pius Brazauskas, a predatory priest, during the 1970s and 1980s.

A part of the settlement resolves a lawsuit filed by three male victims in 2018 who accused the Reverend of sexually molesting them when they were underage children ages five through twelve years. An additional five males filed a subsequent lawsuit that was part of the settled agreement.

After accusations have been made, but decades before the diocese settled the cases, Church officials assigned the Reverend to the North Bend’s Holy Redeemer Parish. The priest died in 1990 in a nursing facility. The Roman Catholic Church in Oregon settled with plaintiffs after months of ongoing mediation and negotiation.

Oregon Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In Oregon, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, Diocese of Baker, and their Bishops manage more than 209 Churches and fifty-five Catholic schools throughout the state (listed below). The church provides services to hundreds of thousands of registered Catholic parishioners, parochial school children, and catechism students living in thirty-six counties.

Oregon Dioceses

Diocese of Baker
641 SW Umatilla Ave
Redmond, OR 97756
(541) 388-4004
Cathedral: St Francis De Sales Cathedral
Bishop: Liam Cary

Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon
2838 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97214-1830
503-234-5334
Archbishop Alexander Sample

Oregon Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys Are Ready to Help

Our network of affiliate attorneys understands the unimaginable physical and emotional pain you endured and how difficult it is to explain to others what happened. We know that the Catholic Church will likely push back with its wielding power saying nothing wrong happened to you.

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

We can start working on your lawsuit today to ensure that we file all the necessary paperwork before the Oregon statute of limitations expires. Taking legal action against a clergy member might stop the sexual assault of others in the future. We will successfully resolve your case, obtain financial compensation, and protect your rights.

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

All Oregon Catholic Schools:

  • All Saints Catholic School, Portland
  • Blanchet Catholic School, Salem
  • Central Catholic High School, Portland
  • Christ the King Catholic School, Milwaukie
  • De La Salle North Catholic High School, Portland
  • Franciscan Montessori Earth School, Portland
  • Holy Cross Catholic School, Portland
  • Holy Family Catholic School, Portland
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Portland
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School, Beaverton
  • Jesuit High School, Portland
  • La Salle Catholic College Preparator, Milwaukie
  • Marist Catholic High School, Eugene
  • O’Hara Catholic School, Eugene
  • Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School, Lake Oswego
  • Queen of Peace Catholic School, Salem
  • Regis – St. Mary, Stayton
  • Resurrection Catholic Preschool & Kindergarten, Tualatin
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, Medford
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, Gervais
  • Saint Joseph Catholic School, Salem
  • St. Agatha Catholic School, Portland
  • St. Andrew Nativity School, Portland
  • St. Anne Catholic School, Grants Pass
  • St. Anthony Catholic School, Tigard
  • St. Cecilia Catholic School, Beaverton
  • St. Clare Catholic School, Portland
  • St. Francis Catholic School, Sherwood
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Banks
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Bend
  • St. Ignatius Catholic School, Portland
  • St. James Catholic School, McMinnville
  • St. John Fisher Catholic School, Portland
  • St. John the Apostle Catholic School, Oregon City
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Milwaukie
  • St. Luke Catholic School, Woodburn
  • St. Mary’s Academy, Portland
  • St. Mary’s Academy, The Dalles
  • St. Mary’s High School, Medford
  • St. Matthew Catholic School, Hillsboro
  • St. Paul Parish School, Eugene
  • St. Paul Parochial School, St. Paul
  • St. Peter Catholic School, Ontario
  • St. Pius X Catholic School, Portland
  • St. Rose Catholic School, Portland
  • St. Therese School, Portland
  • St. Thomas Academy, Redmond
  • St. Thomas More Catholic School, Portland
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Salem
  • The Madeleine Catholic School, Portland
  • Valley Catholic Early Learning, Beaverton
  • Valley Catholic Elementary School, Beaverton
  • Valley Catholic High School, Beaverton
  • Valley Catholic Middle School, Beaverton
  • Visitation Catholic School, Forest Grove

All Oklahoma Catholic Parishes:

  • All Saints Catholic Parish, Portland
  • All Souls Catholic Parish, Myrtle Creek
  • Ascension Catholic Parish, Portland
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s), Portland
  • Christ the King Catholic Parish, Milwaukie
  • Church of the Korean Martyrs, Portland
  • East Clackamas Parishes Cluster, Sandy
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Sheridan
  • Holy Cross Catholic Parish, Portland
  • Holy Family Catholic Parish, Mission of All Souls, Glendale
  • Holy Family Catholic Parish, Portland
  • Holy Name Catholic Parish, Coquille
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, North Bend
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish, Portland
  • Holy Rosary Chapel, Mission of St. Mary, Scott Mills-Crooked Finger
  • Holy Rosary Church and Priory, Portland
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bandon
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Beaverton
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Mission of St. Helen, Brownsville
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Stayton
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish, Portland
  • Nativity of the Mother of God Ukranian Church, Springfield
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Parish, Rainier
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, Shady Cove
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mission of Sacred Heart, Newport, Siletz
  • Our Lady of La Vang CCatholic Parish, Portland
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, Scio
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish, Cottage Grove
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Parish, Portland
  • Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish, Lake Oswego
  • Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Parish, Ashland
  • Our Lady of the River (Grants Pass), Mission of St. Anne, Gold Hill
  • Our Lady of Victory Catholic Parish, Seaside
  • Queen of Peace Catholic Parish, Salem
  • Resurrection Catholic Parish, Tualatin
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Medford
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Newport
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Portland
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Tillamook
  • Sacred Heart-St. Louis Catholic Parish, Gervais
  • Saint Andre Bessette Catholic Parish, Portland
  • San Martin de Porres, Mission of St. John, Dayton
  • Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Parish, Central Point
  • St. Agatha Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Agnes Catholic Parish, Mission of St. Luke, Hubbard
  • St. Alexander Catholic Parish, Cornelius
  • St. Alice Catholic Church, Springfield
  • St. Aloysius Catholic Parish, Estacada
  • St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Mission of Our Lady of La Vang, Aloha
  • St. Andrew Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Anne Catholic Parish, Grants Pass
  • St. Anne Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Forest Grove
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Tigard
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Waldport
  • St. Augustine Catholic Parish, Lincoln City
  • St. Bernard Catholic Parish, Scio
  • St. Birgitta Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Boniface Catholic Church, Sublimity
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish, Mill City
  • Mission of Immaculate Conception Church, Mill City
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish, Veneta
  • St. Cecilia Church, Beaverton
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Gold Beach
  • Mission of Star of the Sea Catholic Parish, Gold Beach
  • St. Charles Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Clare Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Cyril Catholic Parish, Wilsonville
  • St. Edward Catholic Parish, Keizer
  • St. Edward Catholic Parish, Lebanon
  • St. Edward Catholic Parish, North Plains
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, Aloha
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, Mission of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Hammond
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, Banks
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, Sherwood
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish, Sutherlin
  • St. Frederic Catholic Parish, St. Helens
  • St. Helen Catholic Church, Sweet Home
  • St. Helen Catholic Parish, Junction City
  • St. Henry Catholic Church, Gresham
  • St. Henry Catholic Parish, Mission of St. Michael, Dexter
  • St. Ignatius Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Irene Byzantine Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. James Catholic Parish, McMinnville
  • St. James Catholic Parish, Molalla
  • St. John Fisher Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. John Catholic Parish, Mission of St. Michael the Archangel (Welches), Welches
  • St. John Catholic Parish, Yamhill
  • St. John the Apostle Parish, Oregon City
  • St. John the Apostle Parish, Reedsport
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Milwaukie
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Mission of Holy Trinity, Port Orford
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Mission of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clatskanie
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Mission of Sacred Heart (Medford), Jacksonville
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Mission of Sacred Heart (Tillamook), Cloverdale
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Roseburg
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Salem
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Juan Diego Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Jude Catholic Parish, Eugene
  • St. Luke Catholic Parish, Woodburn
  • St. Mark Catholic Church, Eugene
  • St. Mary by the Sea Catholic Parish, Rockaway
  • St. Mary Magdalene Church (The Madeleine), Portland
  • St. Mary Parish, Aumsville
  • St. Mary Parish, Corvallis
  • St. Mary Parish, Eugene
  • St. Mary Parish, Mt. Angel
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Albany
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Albany
  • St. Mary Parish, Vernonia
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Florence
  • Our Lady of the Dunes Catholic Church, Florence
  • St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Parish, Astoria
  • St. Matthew Catholic Parish, Hillsboro
  • St. Michael Catholic Parish, Grand Ronde
  • St. Michael Catholic Parish, Oakridge
  • St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, Sandy
  • St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Monica Catholic Parish, Coos Bay
  • St. Patrick of the Forest Parish, Mission of St. Anne, Cave Junction
  • St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Canby
  • St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Patrick, Independence
  • St. Paul Catholic Parish, Eugene
  • St. Paul Catholic Parish, Silverton
  • St. Paul Catholic Parish, St. Paul
  • St. Peter Catholic Parish, Eugene
  • St. Peter Catholic Parish, Newberg
  • St. Peter Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Peter the Fisherman, Arch Cape
  • Mission of Our Lady of Victory, Arch Cape
  • St. Philip Benizi Parish, Creswell
  • Mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Creswell
  • St. Philip Benizi Catholic Parish, Oregon City
  • St. Philip Neri Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Philip Catholic Parish, Dallas
  • St. Pius X Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Rita Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, Monroe
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Sharbel Church, Portland
  • St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Stephen Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Therese Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Thomas More Church – Newman Center, Eugene
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, Portland
  • St. Thomas Catholic Parish, Mission of St. Bernard, Jefferson
  • St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Parish, Salem
  • St. Wenceslaus Catholic Parish, Scappoose
  • Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Brookings
  • Sts. Ann and Michael Catholic Parish, Mission of Holy Name, Myrtle Point
  • The Community of Verboort, Oregon City
  • The Grotto (The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother), Portland
  • Visitation Catholic Church, Forest Grove
  • St. Edward the Martyr Catholic Church, Sisters
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunriver
  • St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Union
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Unity
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Vale
  • St. Pius X Catholic Church, Wallowa
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Native American Ministry), Warm Springs
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Wasco
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church, Madras
  • St. Augustine Catholic Church, Merrill
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Milton-Freewater
  • St. Anne Catholic Church, Monument
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church, North Powder
  • St. Bridget of Kildare Catholic Church, Nyssa
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Ontario
  • St. John Catholic Church, Paisley
  • St. Andrew’s Mission (Umatilla Indian Reservation), Pendleton
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Pendleton
  • St. Helen Catholic Church, Pilot Rock
  • St. Thomas Catholic Church, Plush
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Prineville
  • St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond
  • Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Gilchrist
  • St. John the Baptist, Grass Valley
  • St. Therese Catholic Parish, Halfway
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church, Heppner
  • Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Hood River
  • St. William Catholic Church, Ione
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church
  • St. Bernard Catholic Church, Jordan Valley
  • St Charles Catholic Parish, Juntura
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Klamath Falls
  • St. Pius X Catholic Church, Klamath Falls
  • Our Lady of the Valley, La Grande
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, La Pine
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church, Lakeview
  • St. Richard Catholic Church, Adel
  • St. Francis Catholic Church, Arlington
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Arock
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Athena
  • St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Baker City
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Bend
  • St. James Catholic Church, Bly
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Boardman
  • St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, Bonanza
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Burns
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Chiloquin
  • St. John Catholic Church, Condon
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, Crane
  • Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, Drewsey
  • St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Dufur
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Elgin
  • St. Katherine of Siena Catholic Church, Enterprise
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Fort Rock/Christmas Valley
  • St. Catherine Catholic Church, Fossil
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