Three clergy abuse survivors filed suits against a former Long Island bishop who allegedly abused them in the 1960s and 1970s. The suits implicate the deceased bishop, the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Greenport, New York, where the bishop served from the 1960s until he retired in 2000. One man and his sister filed separate suits, claiming that they endured abuse that started respectively in 1963 and 1967. Another woman accused the bishop of multiple instances of abuse starting in 1966.
One abuse survivor stated that she decided to come forward after a friend showed her an article on how other clergy abuse victims spoke out against the abuse they endured. Many survivors and victims feel an immense amount of shame after the trauma they experienced, and those feelings may keep them from disclosing their own accounts of abuse. This may prevent survivors from receiving the help they need to heal from the abuse and finding a way to hold their abusers accountable for the crimes committed against them.
If you or someone you love dealt with clergy abuse as a child, our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will assist you in filing a claim, so that you can begin the healing process. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an attorney well-versed in clergy abuse matters. We provide legal representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia, and Haddonfield, New Jersey.