Abuse by Clergy
We Serve Clients Throughout the Nation Who Have Suffered at the Hands of Clergy
At Webster Vicknair MacLeod, we are prepared to step in and help if you or someone you love has been abused by a clergy member or other religious leader. We understand the painful, highly personal nature of such abuses, and we know what it takes to protect your privacy in the event that you decide to take legal action against the abuser in question.
Throughout the years, we have handled many cases involving abuse by church leaders. We have successfully held the institutional Catholic Church accountable for the misbehavior of their priests in the past and helped clients throughout the United States achieve justice.
Even if you are unsure whether your situation warrants a lawsuit, connect with one of our clergy abuse attorneys as soon as possible. We may be able to help you determine your next steps and provide the trustworthy counsel you need during this time.
Clergy abuse is particularly complex and sinister, especially given that it involves layers of relational betrayal, manipulation, and sexual exploitation. Children and young adults who spend time in temples, churches, mosques, and other religious groups are often taught by family members to respect priests, ministers, and other leaders, and many parents are shocked to find that their religious leaders have taken advantage of this trust and committed horrible abuses, such as:
- Statutory rape
- Sexual threats
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual assault/rape
- Lewd, lascivious sexual acts
- Indecent exposure
- Inappropriate touching
- Exposure to pornography or other explicit materials
- Creation of pornographic materials during abuse
Sexual abuse of any kind at the hands of clergy creates deep wounds, and we understand the difficulty with which victims come forward to speak about the crimes committed against them. When you call Webster Vicknair MacLeodfor help, we will handle your case with the utmost gentleness and compassion, while fiercely going after the offending party.
Bringing a civil lawsuit against clergy members gives you and your loved ones the opportunity to obtain compensation for economic damages related to the abuse, such as counseling, therapy, medical expenses, and more. You may also be able to pursue punitive damages intended to punish the clergy member and broader institution that contributed to the abuse (if applicable). Bringing such abuse to light in the form of a law suit can also result in a clergy member’s permanent removal from their position, which may protect others from experiencing similar abuse.