This week’s press conference by Pope Francis’ point man on Catholic Church sex abuse provides hope and the real possibility for accountability and monetary relief for victims of sex abuse by Catholic Church staff and clergy. As the top Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut personal injury attorneys and lawyers could confirm, these concerns flow from the Vatican all the way to sex abuse victims in Stamford, Darien, Greenwich and other Connecticut cities who still may be haunted by decades-old sex assaults.
So what’s being done differently by the Catholic Church to protect children and make prior Catholic Church sex abuse victims whole? Keep reading to find out…
According to the Yahoo! Article, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Boston’s archbishop, revealed in a press conference that Catholic Church attorneys are carefully reviewing proposals to offer to the Pope that require greater accountability for clergy in sex abuse cases and investigations. According to the report, O’Malley also said that the failure of the Church to punish bishops who covered up for pedophiles and sex abuse offenders in their ranks harmed the Church’s credibility, triggering the need for a “zero tolerance” policy going forward.
This is encouraging news for Connecticut rape victims or any victims of sex assault in Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien and elsewhere in Connecticut who are considering consulting the best personal injury lawyers in Connecticut to sue for sex assault injuries. This is welcome news not just for church sex assault victims in Connecticut, but for all child victims of sex assault, who may have been victimized in their youth by teachers or instructors committing sex assaults in agencies such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, sleep-away camps, public schools, Connecticut private schools, and sports teams. Pedophilia is a diagnosed and dangerous mental illness, that if not addressed immediately, can result in life-changing consequences for a young boy or girl victim who is too ashamed to report a Connecticut sex assault or molestation by their teachers, church youth group leaders, or coaches. The top Stamford and Greenwich personal injury lawyers would agree that you don’t have to look much further than the historic Waterbury Connecticut $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts of America awarded as a result of an alleged sex assault of a Connecticut boy in the 1970s. The verdicts and settlements in this area of law speak for themselves and are sending a clear message to youth organizations to properly supervise their staff and protect their children.
The Waterbury Boy Scouts case proves that no organization is immune to being held accountable for failing to protect the children under their watch, even if the Connecticut rape or sex abuse took place 20 or 30 years ago. You see, the best Stamford and Greenwich personal injury attorneys who prosecute sex assaults and rapes would point you to Connecticut’s infancy statute, which tolls—or delays—the statute of limitations for New York and Connecticut sex abuse cases from a time period that is 30 years from the Connecticut sex abuse victim’s 18th birthday. This law is based on psychological statistics that reveal that Connecticut victims of church or school sex abuse do not come forward and report their abuse until they are grown adult men and women. It is just too painful and too humiliating for some people to discuss the details of their respective Connecticut sex assaults and rapes when these people are in their 20s and 30s, as they try to build their families and bury the nightmares that have been haunting them since they were kids. So often these victims of Connecticut sex abuse and these victims of Connecticut sex assaults want to come forward but they are scared and ashamed. That’s why New York and Connecticut lawmakers created a law which extends, or “tolls” the statute of limitations to file civil lawsuits against private schools, sleepaway camps and church and synagogue religious organizations for rape and sexual assaults, even if the assault took place 20 or 30 years ago. To learn more about whether you can you bring a lawsuit in Connecticut for rape or sex assault, you should contact a top Stamford Connecticut personal injury lawyer to discuss your options and strategies.
To learn more about the details and process of bringing a personal injury lawsuit in Stamford, Greenwich or any other Connecticut jurisdiction, consult the Personal Injury section of the Mark Sherman Law website link posted here. The Mark Sherman Law Firm is a Connecticut-based law firm representing clients in Connecticut and New York in all criminal-related matters, arrests, as well as personal injury matters, including civil lawsuits for sex assault or rape committed by public or private school teachers, religious group leaders or other youth organizations. Call us today for a consultation at (203) 358-4700.