The Pennsylvania Superior Court in Pittsburgh allowed the pursuit of a clergy abuse claim against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. On Tuesday, a 50-year-old woman from Altoona, Pennsylvania filed a claim against the diocese and a priest for sexual abuse she endured in the 1970s as a girl between the ages of eight and 14. Last year, she attempted to file suit in the Blair County court, which was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. This time, the suit was filed, and allegations of fraud, constructive fraud, and conspiracy comprise the claim against the diocese. If the lawsuit succeeds, this could be a boon for abuse survivors who fear that they cannot file their own suits because of the statute.
The statute of limitations limits clergy abuse survivors who may have exceeded the number of years allotted in which to file a claim. Mass efforts to eliminate the statute from the books fell short after the legislature failed to make a decision about its removal. Although this roadblock may thwart survivors from filing suit against their offenders, the clergy abuse claim filed in Pittsburgh may lead to a welcome turn of events for those who feared they may never receive justice.
If you faced clergy abuse in your youth, contact our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. We will listen to your concerns and build a strong case on your behalf. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.