Unfortunately, predatory priests and sexual abuse have run rampant through the Archdiocese of Baltimore for decades. More than 600 people were sexually abused over the past 80 years by Catholic priests, and the Church actively covered up many of the abuses.
An investigation into the Church found the archdiocese failed to report sexual abuse allegations, conduct proper investigations, remove abusers from their parishes and restrict their access to children. Instead, the archdiocese covered up the abuse rather than holding the priests accountable and protecting the victims. Sexual abuse by a clergy member is a breach of trust at the highest level. The attorneys at Snyder Law Group are among the most experienced in Maryland and are dedicated to representing those sexually abused by those in the Catholic Church.
Suing the Catholic Church for Sexual Abuse in Maryland
Maryland law often allows victims of sexual assault and abuse to sue negligent or complicit institutions and those who harmed them. In cases of abuse by priests and other Catholic Church members, you could sue the parish, the diocese, or the archdiocese to receive compensation.
To sue for sexual abuse, you must be able to prove the abuse occurred. This usually means testifying to the events that occurred, which can be difficult. However, the Church may be willing to offer a settlement to avoid you testifying publicly. There are also laws to protect abuse victims, especially if they are minors.
If you can prove that the individual was responsible for the assault, you can often include the Church itself in the lawsuit. Suppose a Catholic school or archdiocese was complicit in covering up abuse, moved the priest into a parish having known about prior allegations, or allowed an abusive priest to interact with children. In that case, they will share fault in the abuse.
Claiming Damages in Lawsuits Against the Catholic Church
Childhood sexual abuse can have detrimental effects on a person’s life, mental health, and future. There are many areas of damages available under Maryland law. For instance, sexual abuse victims can claim compensation for medical expenses, including the cost of emergency medical treatment or hospitalization. Sexual abuse can also cause many mental health issues and disorders. Survivors often suffer from depression, PTSD, and other trauma-related issues. If these disorders impact your ability to work or take care of yourself, you may be entitled to damages for lost wages.
Call Snyder Law Group for Victims of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
If your child was abused by a priest, a clergyman, a Catholic school teacher, or anyone affiliated with the Catholic Church, our attorneys might be able to help. We can also help if you discover that you were a victim of sexual abuse as a child. Our attorneys offer free case evaluations in a safe, confidential environment. Call The Snyder Law Group for sexual abuse victims of the Catholic Church today.
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