An abuse survivor filed clergy abuse claims against a Rockland County priest who allegedly committed abuse against the man in the 1970s and 1980s. He currently served as the pastor of the St. Francis of Assisi parish in West Nyack, New York, from 1994 until the present time and as a regional vicar for the county. In August, the survivor filed the suit, accusing the priest of multiple counts of sex abuse from 1978 to 1983 when the man was between 11 and 16. At the time of the alleged abuse, the priest served at the St. Sylvester Church in Staten Island, New York. The Archdiocese of New York placed him and three other priests in the region on administrative leave for abuse allegations this month.
The Child Victims Act allows abuse survivors to file claims for alleged abuse that may have occurred decades ago. It gives survivors a chance to gain closure from the past trauma and to ensure that their abusers and those who may have assisted in covering up the abuse be held accountable. Even if the abusive priest may be deceased, the act of disclosing the abuse may give survivors the opportunity to heal.
If you or a loved one struggles with the aftermath of childhood sex abuse by a clergy member, our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will listen to your story without judgment. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation. From our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we provide skilled and compassionate legal representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.