On Friday, clergy abuse allegations were filed against a priest from the Brooklyn Diocese in the Brooklyn State Supreme Court in New York. Two men accused the priest who was originally accused of misconduct in 2007 and became defrocked soon afterward. The allegedly abusive priest passed away in 2008. No charges have been filed against the Brooklyn Diocese at this time.
One of the frustrations for clergy abuse survivors who wish to file a claim against their perpetrators is that the abuser may no longer be alive and will not truly be held accountable for the criminal actions. Many of the state-generated reports which identify credibly accused priests detail instances that occurred decades ago, and numerous clergy members passed away since that time. Also, survivors may not come to terms with the abuse or gather the courage to report it until years later due to shame, fear, and sometimes even blocking out the traumatic events.
If you or someone you love endured a childhood trauma stemming from clergy abuse, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will discuss your claim with discretion and compassion. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation. We proudly serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.