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South Carolina Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys

South Carolina Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Diocese

Some Roman Catholic priests use their dominant position to violate their trust and victimize young adults, teenagers, and children through sexual abuse, inappropriate touching and fondling. The Church has investigated and found credible allegations of sexual molestation committed by clerics, tutors, coaches, teachers, and other religious leaders.

Unfortunately, church officials have been covering up sexual abuse cases involving predatory priests for decades. Only recently have renewed efforts exposed a century of silence where the Church failed to take appropriate action to ensure priests who molested victims were held legally accountable.

It takes great courage for the sexually assaulted victim to speak out and identify the one that caused them harm. If you were molested or have a loved one victimized through 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 abuse injury attorneys are ready to listen to your story in confidence. We have a comprehensive understanding of South Carolina tort law and will use the legal system to ensure the predatory priest faces the consequences they deserve for their unacceptable behavior.

Sexual Assault Involving Clergy is Still a Problem

In March 2019, the Charleston Diocese identified forty-two South Carolinian Catholic priests credibly accused of sexually assaulting underage minors. Eleven of those alleged to have sexually assaulted children are still alive but not currently ministering parishioners as a religious authority.

While the list was essential to identify sexual predator priests in the community, it failed to estimate how many victims had been molested. Some accusations occurred during the 1950s. The record did not detail which religious leaders were part of an ongoing criminal investigation or the subject of civil lawsuits.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

Some of the trauma associated with sexual abuse when the victim is young often results in severe consequences, psychological damage, physical harm, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition to psychological and emotional problems, the survivor may live with long-term health outcomes through a depressed immune system caused by depression and anxiety.

Some victims of sexual molestation develop type II diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, lung cancer, cardiac disease, ulcers, and fibromyalgia. Sadly, some victims take their life years or decades after the incident occurred.

Get Justice Now

In 2007, the Charleston Roman Catholic Diocese agreed to an out of court settlement of approximately $12 million to resolve civil litigation involving victims and child sex abuse by religious leaders. The previous year, church officials revealed nearly four dozen credible sexual assault allegations occurring in South Carolina beginning in the 1950s to the present time. The claims involved twenty-one priests and two deacons.

The sexual abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina are only the tip of the iceberg. Nationally, sexual abuse survivors filed more than 10,600 claims involving cases dating back more than seven decades ago.

South Carolina Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In South Carolina, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston and its Bishop manage more than 115 Churches and thirty-three Catholic schools throughout the state (listed below), providing services to thousands of registered Catholics, parochial school children, and catechism students living in forty-six counties.

South Carolina Dioceses

Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston
901 Orange Grove Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 261-0420

South Carolina Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys Are Ready to Help

Our network of affiliate attorneys understands the challenges you face when talking about the clergy member’s vile actions that caused you harm. We know the power of the Catholic Church and how hard it fights back, saying nothing wrong happened.

However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, on your side, you will never face Church officials or their attorneys alone. We can assure you that your shocking story will be heard by all those responsible when settling your case or presenting evidence at trial.

Let us begin working on your case today by filing all the necessary paperwork before the South Carolina statute of limitations expires. Taking legal action against a clergy member could 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 South Carolina Churches:

  • All Saints Catholic Parish, Lake Wylie
  • Basilica of St. Peter Catholic Parish, Columbia
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish, Charleston
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Parish, Greer
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Charleston
  • Christ Our King Catholic Parish, Mount Pleasant
  • Church of the Infant Jesus Mission Catholic Parish, Marion
  • Church of the Nativity Catholic Parish, Charleston
  • Church of the Resurrection Mission Catholic Parish, Loris
  • Corpus Christi Catholic Parish, Lexington
  • Divine Redeemer Catholic Parish, Hanahan
  • Divine Saviour Catholic Parish, York
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, McCormick
  • Holy Cross Catholic Parish, Pickens
  • Holy Cross Mission Catholic Parish, St. Helena Island
  • Holy Family Catholic Parish, Hilton Head Island
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, Johns Island
  • Holy Spirit Mission Catholic Parish, Laurens
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Orangeburg
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Goose Creek
  • Jesus, Our Risen Savior Catholic Parish, Spartanburg
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish, Folly Beach
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish, Lancaster
  • Our Lady of La Vang Catholic Parish, Greer
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, Greenwood
  • Our Lady of Peace Catholic Parish, North Augusta
  • Our Lady of Peace Mission Catholic Parish, Bonneau
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish, Camden
  • Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Parish, Columbia
  • Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish, Chapin
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish, Greenville
  • Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Parish, Gloverville
  • Our Lady, Star of the Sea Catholic Parish, North Myrtle Beach
  • Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Parish, Pawleys Island
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Parish, Taylors
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Abbeville
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Charleston
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Gaffney
  • San Sebastian Mission Catholic Parish, Greenville
  • St. Andrew Catholic Parish, Barnwell
  • St. Andrew Catholic Parish, Clemson
  • St. Andrew Catholic Parish, Myrtle Beach
  • St. Ann Catholic Parish, Florence
  • St. Ann Catholic Parish, Kingstree
  • St. Ann Catholic Parish, Santee
  • St. Anne and St. Jude Parish (formerly St. Anne) Catholic Church, Sumter
  • St. Anne Catholic Parish, Rock Hill
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Florence
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Ridgeland
  • St. Anthony Catholic Parish, Walterboro
  • St. Anthony Mission Catholic Parish, Hardeeville
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish, Greenville
  • St. Augustine Catholic Parish, Union
  • St. Benedict Catholic Parish, Mount Pleasant
  • St. Boniface Catholic Parish, Joanna
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish, Lancaster
  • St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Parish, Daniel Island
  • St. Denis Mission Catholic Parish, Bennettsville
  • St. Edward Catholic Parish, Murphy Village
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, Simpsonville
  • St. Ernest Mission Catholic Parish, Pageland
  • St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Parish, Hilton Head Island
  • St. Francis of Assisi Mission Catholic Parish, Walhalla
  • St. Gerard Catholic Parish, Aiken
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Parish, Bluffton
  • St. James the Greater Mission Catholic Parish, Walterboro
  • St. James the Younger Catholic Parish, Conway
  • St. John Catholic Parish, North Charleston
  • St. John Neumann Catholic Parish, Columbia
  • St. John of the Cross Catholic Parish, Batesburg-Leesville
  • St. John the Beloved Catholic Parish, Summerville
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Anderson
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Charleston
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Chester
  • St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Columbia
  • St. Joseph Mission Catholic Parish, Darlington
  • St. Louis Catholic Parish, Dillon
  • St. Luke Mission Catholic Parish, Easley
  • St. Mark Catholic Parish, Newberry
  • St. Martin de Porres Catholic Parish, Columbia
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Greenville
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Rock Hill
  • St. Mary Catholic Parish, Yonges Island
  • St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Parish, Simpsonville
  • St. Mary Mission Catholic Parish, Allendale
  • St. Mary Mission Catholic Parish, Hampton
  • St. Mary Mission Catholic Parish, Summerton
  • St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Parish, Anderson
  • St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Parish, Charleston
  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Edgefield
  • St. Mary, Help of Christians Catholic Parish, Aiken
  • St. Mary, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Parish, Manning
  • St. Mary, Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Parish, Georgetown
  • St. Mary, the Virgin Mother Catholic Parish, Hartsville
  • St. Michael Mission Catholic Parish, Great Falls
  • St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, Murrells Inlet
  • St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Charleston
  • St. Patrick Mission Catholic Parish, Johnsonville
  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Parish, Seneca
  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Parish, Spartanburg
  • St. Peter Catholic Parish, Beaufort
  • St. Peter Catholic Parish, Cheraw
  • St. Philip Benizi Catholic Parish, Moncks Corner
  • St. Philip Neri Catholic Parish, Fort Mill
  • St. Philip, the Apostle Catholic Parish, Lake City
  • St. Rafka Maronite Catholic (Eastern) Catholic Parish, Greer
  • St. Theresa Catholic Parish, Winnsboro
  • St. Theresa Mission Catholic Parish, Springfield
  • St. Theresa the Little Flower Catholic Parish, Summerville
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, Columbia
  • St. Thomas, the Apostle Catholic Parish, North Charleston
  • St. William Catholic Parish, Ward
  • Stella Maris Catholic Parish, Sullivans Island
  • Sts. Frederick & Stephen Mission Catholic Parish, Edisto Island
  • Transfiguration Catholic Parish, Blythewood

South Carolina Catholic Schools:

  • Bishop England High School, Charleston
  • Blessed Sacrament School, Charleston
  • Cardinal Newman School, Columbia
  • Charleston Catholic School, Charleston
  • Christ Our King / Stella Maris School, Mount Pleasant
  • Divine Redeemer School, Hanahan
  • Holy Trinity School, North Myrtle Beach
  • John Paul II Catholic School, Ridgeland
  • Nativity School, Charleston
  • Our Lady of Peace School, North Augusta
  • Our Lady of the Rosary School, Greenville
  • Prince of Peace School, Taylors
  • St. Andrew School, Myrtle Beach
  • St. Anne and St. Jude Catholic School, Sumter
  • St. Anne School, Rock Hill
  • St. Anthony of Padua School, Greenville
  • St. Anthony School, Florence
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School, Myrtle Beach
  • St. Francis Catholic School, Hilton Head Island
  • St. Gregory the Great School, Bluffton
  • St. John Neumann School, Columbia
  • St. John School, North Charleston
  • St. Joseph School, Anderson
  • St. Joseph School, Columbia
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Greenville
  • St. Martin de Porres School, Columbia
  • St. Mary Help of Christians School, Aiken
  • St. Mary School, Greenville
  • St. Michael School, Murrells Inlet
  • St. Paul the Apostle School, Spartanburg
  • St. Peter School, Beaufort
  • St. Peter School, Columbia
  • Summerville Catholic School, Summerville
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