A man who accused two former priests from the Pittsburgh Diocese of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese and the Holy Family Institute. The plaintiff claims the two priests sexually assaulted him multiple times while he was living at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, Pennsylvania. The alleged abuse took place in the 1970s when the victim was just 12-years-old. Neither priest appeared in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report from last August. One priest retired in 2015, and the other died in 2003.
The floodgates opened when Attorney General Josh Shapiro released the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that identified more than 300 credibly accused priests. Unfortunately, lawmakers failed to make a decision regarding amending the laws to enable clergy abuse survivors to gain justice after many years of suffering in silence. Since the vote was tabled for another time, it is possible that it will be revisited soon and changed to accommodate those still grappling with the traumatic aftereffects of the abuse.
If you or a loved one suffered from the emotional and physical trauma of childhood sex abuse, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse attorneys at Williams Cedar will provide compassionate yet skilled legal representation to you and your family. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential case review. We proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide from our offices located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.