Sexual Abuse by Clergy Members

Sexual abuse of children by clergy members can occur in any religious denomination. These churches often conceal allegations of child sexual abuse and punish and silence victims who come forward, allowing the abuse to continue for many years.

If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a clergy member, even if it was many years ago, the Pittsburgh attorneys of Samuel J. Cordes & Associates can help you hold the abuser and church accountable. We understand that there is nothing that can make up for the abuse you have experienced; through legal action, however, you can ensure that your abuser does not hurt anyone else. Call 412-567-5444 to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers.

Holding the Church Accountable for Sexual Abuse

In cases of child sexual abuse by clergy members, parties other than the abuser may also be responsible for your abuse. Many times, the church was aware that abuse was occurring, but failed to take appropriate actions to stop it. Often, the church concealed the abuse, ignored it, silenced victims or transferred the abuser to a church in a different state. We will help you hold every responsible party accountable.

It takes an experienced attorney to uncover the truth in a church sexual abuse case. We will complete a thorough investigation into the church's records to identify a pattern of allegations and red flags that were ignored or concealed. We have been handling these cases since the early 1990s, which gives us the experience needed to build a strong case against your abuser.

The statute of limitations in a sexual abuse case in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury. However, minors have until age 30 to file a civil suit against the abuser and church. Even if the statute of limitations has passed, we may still be able to help you.

Contact Samuel J. Cordes & Associates

If you have been sexually abused by a clergy member, we will help you bring your abuser to justice. Call 412-567-5444 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.