Several Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania are setting up funds for victims of sexual abuse. On Thursday, the archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Catholic dioceses of Allentown, Harrisburg, and Scranton announced details regarding the institution of victim compensation funds. The diocese of Pittsburgh plans to start a similar fund for sex abuse victims and will announce more particulars by the end of the year. Although the diocese of Erie will set up a fund as well, they have not disclosed any details so far. According to leaders from the Greensburg diocese, funds will come from diocesan assets. No set amount has been designated for victims.
When a child experiences sexual abuse, especially by an adult the child trusts like a priest, the ramifications may cause serious psychological issues that require years of costly therapy. In addition to the financial burden abuse brings upon victims and their families, they may face severe depression and anxiety, develop substance abuse issues, and contend with suicidal feelings and self-harm. Statistics cannot accurately measure instances of clergy abuse because the abuse tends to be underreported for various reasons.
If you are clergy abuse survivor or your child faced this type of abuse, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will handle your case with skill and grace. We represent victims and survivors throughout Pennsylvania from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, and fully support the removal of the statute of limitations. Please call us at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential case review.