Established over a year ago, New Jersey’s Clergy Abuse Task Force continues to receive new allegations against Catholic clergy members accused of sexual misconduct, ranging from indecent exposure to sexual molestation and rape.
Created by the Clergy Abuse Task Force last year, the state’s clergy abuse hotline already has received more than 500 calls by survivors and other witnesses to clergy sexual abuse. Available 24 hours a day, the hotline allows survivors to report incidents of clergy abuse regardless of how long ago the misconduct took place. Survivors do not need to reveal their identities as part of the reporting process. For many individuals who fear they will not be believed, the ability to report clergy abuse anonymously makes their decision to come forward easier.
Within the last several months, New Jersey law enforcement officers arrested two former Catholic priests, Brendan Williams and Thomas Ganley, based on tips made to the Clergy Abuse Hotline. Both ex-priests are accused of sexual misconduct that occurred in the 1990s. Charges against these clergy members include sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and rape.
Members of the Clergy Abuse Task Force include detectives, state prosecutors from all 21 New Jersey counties, and representatives from the Division of Criminal Justice. The work of the Task Force will likely help inform an ongoing investigation conducted by the State Grand Jury, whose report is expected within the next few months.
New Jersey Catholic dioceses have released their own lists of priests against whom “credible” allegations of abuse have been made. These lists are generally available online.
For many survivors healing from the trauma of clergy sexual abuse is a lifelong process. Obtaining justice against the perpetuators of clergy abuse, including Church officials who covered up the abuse, can be the first step in moving forward. By filing a lawsuit against the diocese and the individual priests and bishops involved, survivors can hold these individuals responsible for their misconduct.
If you have experienced clergy sexual abuse, we believe in your right to obtain justice for the trauma you have experienced. The experienced Camden clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar LLC work with sensitivity with clergy abuse survivors and their families to help them obtain the financial compensation they deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, to serve clergy abuse survivors and their families throughout New Jersey including those in Trenton, Camden, and Metuchen and in Pennsylvania including those in Allenton, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Greensburg, Johnstown, Erie, and Wilkes-Barre. To schedule a free initial confidential consultation with an experienced Camden clergy abuse lawyer, call us today at 215-557-0099 or 856-470-9777 or submit an online inquiry form.