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South Dakota Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer

South Dakota Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Dioceses

Priests, bishops, pastors, brothers, and other authority figures have sexually molested many children and teenagers raised in religious households. These predators broke the spiritual bond between the Church and the parishioner that caused the victim a lifetime of struggle and unwarranted guilt.

The survivors often face years of sexual harassment and threats or repeated victimization by the religious predator who used fear and intimidation to keep the survivor silent. Other victims of horrific sexual assault live years in denial as the only practical solution for dealing with the unimaginable pain until an unrepressed memory makes keeping quiet more unbearable then staying silent.

It often takes decades for a sexual abuse victim to speak out and identify their assaulter, hoping they will be held accountable. If you are a sexual assault survivor and want justice, the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help.

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 here to listen to your story. We will use our comprehensive understanding of South Dakota tort law to present and win your case to ensure the sexual predator faces financial consequences.

Sexual Assault with Clergy Remains a Problem

In March 2019, the Roman Catholic Sioux Falls Diocese identified eleven religious leaders who had been credibly accused of sexually molesting underage minors. Ten of the accused Reverends were from the Jesuit Order. One predator, Father McDonough, served as a school principal and teacher at Saint Martin’s Academy in Rapid City between 1978 and 1983.

Another molester, Father Parshall, was assigned to the Pine Ridge Reservation Holy Rosary Mission / Red Cloud Indian School in 1964.

The Vatican laicized (defrocked) two of the accused priests in 2004, banning them from providing services but still allowed both to remain priests. Multiple accusers had identified both men as ‘sexual predators.’ Church and local law enforcement investigations substantiated every name on the Sioux Falls Diocese list. All accept two of the alleged predatory priests on the lists are known to be dead.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

Many sexual assault survivors are harmed because the predator slowly eroded the victim’s defenses through various means, including sexual threats, harassment, molestation, indecent exposure, committing lewd acts, or sharing pornographic videos. During the young child or teenager’s developing years, they often experience sleeping disorders, alcohol, and drug abuse, ongoing depression, self-injury, or suicidal ideation.

The youngest sexual abuse survivors, in time, might develop negative eating habits, begin living an over-sexualized lifestyle, or engage multiple forms of risky behavior.

Get Justice Now

Over the last couple of decades, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has paid out billions of dollars in settlements to victims of sexual assault committed by Parish priests, bishops, reverends, cardinals, brothers, sisters, and others.

In December 2019, Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, stated the church would abolish the cover-up secrecy involving sexual abuse allegations against religious leaders. This new policy put an end to decades of shielding priests and other church employees from criminal punishment and provides a pathway for victims to speak out about what happened and take legal action.

South Dakota Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In South Dakota, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The Dioceses of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, along with their Bishops, manage more than 210 Churches and thirty-three Catholic schools throughout South Dakota (listed below), providing services to thousands of registered Catholics, parochial school children, and catechism students living in sixty-six counties.

South Dakota Dioceses

Diocese of Sioux Falls
523 N Duluth Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 334-9861
Cathedral: Cathedral of Saint Joseph
Ecclesiastical province: Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis

Diocese of Rapid City
606 Cathedral Dr
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 343-3541
Bishop: Sede Vacante
Cathedral: Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

South Dakota Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys Are Ready to Help

Our network of affiliate attorneys understands the challenges of speaking out about what a shameful clergy member did to you. We know how powerful the church is at pushing back to say they have done nothing wrong.

However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, working on your behalf, you will never deal with the Church or its attorneys alone. We will work aggressively to ensure your shocking story will be heard before settling your case out of court or when presenting evidence in front of a judge and jury.

Let us begin working on your lawsuit today to ensure that all the necessary paperwork is filed before the South Dakota 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 Dakota Churches:

  • All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte
  • All Saints Catholic Parish, Mellette
  • Annunciation Catholic Parish, Revillo
  • Assumption Catholic Parish, Wagner
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Catholic Church, Kenel
  • Blessed Kateri of Tekakwitha Catholic Parish, Pierre
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bison
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Rapid City
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish, Clark
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Rapid City
  • Cathedral of St Joseph Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • Christ the King Catholic Church, Porcupine
  • Christ the King Catholic Church, Presho
  • Christ the King Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • Christ the King Catholic Parish, Webster
  • Epiphany Catholic Parish, Howard
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Beresford
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church, Timber Lake
  • Holy Cross Catholic Parish, Ipswich
  • Holy Family Catholic Parish, Mitchell
  • Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish, Watertown
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Pine Ridge
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Trail City
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Parish, Kranzburg
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, Mitchell
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Huron
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Bonesteel
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Bridger
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rapid City
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Winner
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Stephan
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Watertown
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Webster
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Wood
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Parish, Flandreau
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Keystone
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish, Ipswich
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Kyle
  • Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church, Piedmont
  • Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church, Reva
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Martin
  • Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church, Oglala
  • Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Kadoka
  • Pius XII Newman Center Catholic Parish, Brookings
  • Risen Savior Catholic Parish, Brandon
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Burke
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dupree
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Morristown
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Philip
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pine Ridge
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Red Scaffold
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church, White River
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Aberdeen
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Eden
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Gettysburg
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Parkston
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Westport
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Yankton
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic Parish, Parkston
  • SS Peter and Paul Catholic Parish, Pierre
  • SS Simon and Jude Catholic Parish, Flandreau
  • St Agatha Catholic Parish, Howard
  • St Agnes Catholic Parish, Tabor
  • St Agnes Catholic Parish, Vermillion
  • St Ann Catholic Parish, Geddes
  • St Ann Catholic Parish, Humboldt
  • St Ann Catholic Parish, Miller
  • St Anthony Catholic Parish, Selby
  • St Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish, Bowdle
  • St Augustine Catholic Parish, Bowdle
  • St Benedict Catholic Parish, Yankton
  • St Bernard Catholic Parish, Redfield
  • St Boniface Catholic Parish, Scotland
  • St Catherine Catholic Parish, Fort Thompson
  • St Catherine Catholic Parish, Howard
  • St Charles Catholic Parish, Big Stone City
  • St Charles Catholic Parish, Woonsocket
  • St Christina Catholic Parish, Parker
  • St Dominic Catholic Parish, Canton
  • St Edward Catholic Parish, Canton
  • St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, Groton
  • St Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, Clear Lake
  • St George Catholic Parish, Hartford
  • St George Catholic Parish, Scotland
  • St Henry Catholic Parish, Clark
  • St James Catholic Parish, Chamberlain
  • St James Catholic Parish, Clark
  • St John Catholic Parish, Kranzburg
  • St John Catholic Parish, Plankinton
  • St John de Britto Catholic Parish, Britton
  • St John Paul II Catholic Parish, Harrisburg
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Rosholt
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Tabor
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Parish, Wagner
  • St John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, De Smet
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Elk Point
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Eureka
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Faulkton
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Fort Thompson
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Grenville
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Groton
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Mobridge
  • St Joseph Catholic Parish, Woonsocket
  • St Joseph the Workman Catholic Parish, Garretson
  • St Josephine Bakhita Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • St Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Parish, Sisseton
  • St Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • St Lambert Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • St Lawrence Catholic Parish, Milbank
  • St Leo the Great Catholic Parish, Tyndall
  • St Liborius Catholic Parish, Orient
  • St Magdalen Catholic Parish, Lennox
  • St Margaret Catholic Parish, Kimball
  • St Mark Catholic Parish, Armour
  • St Martin Catholic Parish, Alexandria
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, Aberdeen
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, Clear Lake
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, De Smet
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, Dell Rapids
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, Highmore
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, Plankinton
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, Salem
  • St Mary Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • St Mary of Mercy Catholic Parish, Alexandria
  • St Michael Catholic Parish, Clark
  • St Michael Catholic Parish, Herreid
  • St Michael Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • St Nicholas Catholic Parish, Tea
  • St Patrick Catholic Parish, Beresford
  • St Patrick Catholic Parish, Huron
  • St Patrick Catholic Parish, Montrose
  • St Paul Catholic Parish, Marty
  • St Paul Catholic Parish, White
  • St Paul the Apostle Catholic Parish, Armour
  • St Peter Catholic Parish, Clear Lake
  • St Peter Catholic Parish, Flandreau
  • St Peter Catholic Parish, Jefferson
  • St Peter Catholic Parish, Sisseton
  • St Peter Catholic Parish, White Lake
  • St Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish, Platte
  • St Pius X Catholic Parish, Onida
  • St Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, Garretson
  • St Stephen Catholic Parish, Alexandria
  • St Teresa of Avila Catholic Parish, Beresford
  • St Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Parish, Dakota Dunes
  • St Therese Catholic Parish, Sioux Falls
  • St Thomas Apostle Catholic Parish, Ipswich
  • St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, De Smet
  • St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, Madison
  • St Thomas Aquinas Newman Center Catholic Parish, Aberdeen
  • St Thomas More Catholic Parish, Brookings
  • St Thomas More Newman Center Catholic Parish, Vermillion
  • St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish, Faulkton
  • St Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish, Tyndall
  • St Wenceslaus Catholic Parish, Tabor
  • St Wilfrid Catholic Parish, Woonsocket
  • St William of Vercelli Catholic Parish, Howard
  • St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cox
  • St. Agnes Catholic Church, Manderson
  • St. Agnes Catholic Church, Parmelee
  • St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Bullhead (Rock Creek)
  • St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Deadwood
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church, Buffalo
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church, Fairfax
  • St. Anthony Catholic Church, Red Owl
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Draper
  • St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Hot Springs
  • St. Bernard Catholic Church, McLaughlin
  • St. Bernard Catholic Church, Red Shirt Table
  • St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, McIntosh
  • St. Bridget Catholic Church, Rosebud
  • St. Catherine Catholic Church, Promise
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, St. Francis
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Sturgis
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Wanblee
  • St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, Rapid City
  • St. Isidore Catholic Church, Colome
  • St. Isidore Catholic Church, Ralph
  • St. James Catholic Church, Edgemont
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Custer
  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Ft. Pierre
  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, New Underwood
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Cherry Creek
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Faith
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gregory
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mud Butte
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ridgeview
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Spearfish
  • St. Margaret Catholic Church, Lakeside
  • St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Murdo
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Isabel
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Lemmon
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Lower Brule
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Milesville
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Reliance
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Newell
  • St. Michael Catholic Church, Hermosa
  • St. Michael Catholic Church, Kennebec
  • St. Michael Catholic Church, Watauga
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church, Lead
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church, Wall
  • St. Paul Catholic Church, Belle Fourche
  • St. Peter Catholic Church, Okreek
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Hill City
  • St. Therese Catholic Church, White Horse
  • St. Therese the Little Flower Catholic Church, Rapid City
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Mission
  • St. William Catholic Church, Midland

South Dakota Catholic Schools:

  • Bishop O’Gorman Catholic School System
  • Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
  • Christ the King School, Sioux Falls
  • Holy Spirit School, Sioux Falls
  • Holy Trinity School, Huron
  • Immaculate Conception School, Watertown
  • John Paul II School, Mitchell
  • O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls
  • O’Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls
  • Risen Savior Preschool, Brandon
  • Roncalli Elementary School, Aberdeen
  • Roncalli Junior High and Senior High School, Aberdeen
  • Roncalli Primary School, Aberdeen
  • Sacred Heart School System, Yankton
  • Sacred Heart School System, Yankton
  • St Mary Junior and Senior High, Dell Rapids
  • St. Agnes School, Vermillion
  • St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School, Rapid City
  • St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain
  • St. Joseph School, Pierre
  • St. Katharine Drexel School, Sioux Falls
  • St. Lambert School, Sioux Falls
  • St. Lawrence School, Milbank
  • St. Mary Elementary, Dell Rapids
  • St. Mary School, Salem
  • St. Mary School, Sioux Falls
  • St. Michael School, Sioux Falls
  • St. Peter School, Jefferson
  • St. Thomas More High School, Rapid City
  • St. Thomas More Middle School, Rapid City
  • St. Thomas More School, Brookings
  • St. Thomas School, Madison
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