A judge recently ruled that a clergy abuse survivor who filed a suit against the Scranton Diocese in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the allegedly abusive priest, and current and former bishops will remain anonymous. In November 2018, Attorney Gerald J. Williams from Williams Cedar, co-counsel Attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel from Dallas, Texas, and Attorney Muhammad S. Aziz, who is a partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston, Texas, filed a suit on behalf of the survivor against the Scranton Diocese and other associated parties. Attorney Williams wanted the copy of the lawsuit naming the plaintiff to be sealed to protect him from any shame and humiliation that may arise from being identified. The former priest’s attorney objected to this, but, on Thursday, the Lackawanna County Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle ruled that the plaintiff may remain anonymous and any identifying information will be prohibited from being published in any future filings or proceedings.
Shame and humiliation accompanies the trauma of clergy abuse for many victims and abuse survivors. One way to alleviate some of the negative feelings for them is to file an anonymous claim. The individual will be able to live their daily lives and work to hold their abusers accountable without identification or unwanted scrutiny.
If you or someone you love endured child abuse by a clergy member, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will review your case without judgment and skillfully guide you toward the next steps in filing a claim. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation with a seasoned attorney. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.