A teacher from Staten Island, New York accused a Monsignor in the New York Archdiocese of clergy abuse in a recently filed lawsuit. The teacher alleges that the Monsignor abused him between 2001 and 2002 when he was receiving counseling as a teenager for multiple personal tragedies at the St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School in Huguenot, New York. He filed two separate claims against the New York Archdiocese, which identify the Monsignor as his abuser. Six other survivors accused the Monsignor of abuse as well, and the purported abuse spans from the 1980s to the early 2000s while the Monsignor served at various parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese. The priest denies all accounts of abuse.
Abuse survivors may suppress the trauma from which they suffered due to the shame or stigma that may accompany revealing the abuse. The teacher who accused the Monsignor of abuse states that he could not muster the courage to come forward with his story to anyone until 15 years had passed. Survivors may spend a long time coming to terms with the abuse they faced and may endure consequences such as PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction, and depression.
If you or a loved one dealt with sex abuse by a clergy member, you are not alone. Please call our clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to arrange a free and confidential consultation. From our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.