Abuse in the Catholic Church
In the 1980s, former altar boys began coming forward with claims that priests had abused them in their childhood. The abuse scandal rocked the Catholic Church. More importantly, the substantial media attention gave victims the courage to come forward and demand justice.
Brais Law Firm has the experience and resources to pursue high-stakes claims against powerful interests. We speak for the vulnerable and demand accountability from the church. Our Results page contains further information about our credentials and recent settlements and verdicts.
If you were abused by a priest, we can help you get the justice you deserve. We respect your courage and will handle your claim with privacy and compassion. It is never too late to come forward. It is important to note that you may have a claim even if the abuse occurred many years prior.
About the Abuse
Catholic priests abused thousands of young children and teens before their actions were discovered. The abuse was widespread, with accusations lodged against thousands of priests. Furthermore, the church was made aware of the priests’ conduct, but instead of demanding the priests be held criminally liable and taking the children under its wing, the church hid the problem. Often, bishops simply moved priests to other dioceses, where the abuse continued.
The facts below demonstrate how systemic and dire this problem was:
- Most victims were between 11 and 14 years old, but some were as young as 3 years old.
- The title altar boy is a misnomer, some of the victims were girls who served the church in their youth.
- The abuse occurred in at least a dozen other countries, not just the United States.
- To date, the Catholic Church has paid an estimated $3 billion in settlements to the victims.
- Victims have filed more than 3,000 lawsuits against the Catholic Church, but thousands more victims have either not come forward or have had their claims dismissed.
Recovering Damages from the Catholic Church
The Catholic Church is responsible for ordaining men without adequately examining their fitness to be in contact with children and teens. Further, the church is responsible for failing to properly supervise priests who dealt with vulnerable populations. In addition, the church is responsible for failing to enact policies for protecting children and reporting abuse. Most egregiously, however, the church is responsible for covering up the crimes of their priests.
We thus hold the church accountable for the long-term psychological damage resulting from the abuse, including depression, anxiety and withdrawal. We also seek damages for the pain and suffering inflicted by the priests. To stop this from happening again, we demand punitive damages, based upon the church’s gross negligence.
Hold the Catholic Church Accountable for Their Negligence
Take action against your abuser. Call Brais Law Firm to learn more about your rights to recovery from the Catholic Church. By taking your claim on contingency, we give you a no-risk opportunity to pursue your rights. Our firm’s main office is in Miami, Florida.