Sexual Abuse Within the Catholic Church
New “Window” Law for Abuse Survivors!! On September 13, 2019, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 218, which gives all survivors of childhood sexual abuse, regardless of their current age, a three year “window” to file a civil lawsuit for the abuse they suffered. Governor Newsom has stated he supports the bill, so this bill could become law any day. If you or someone you love was sexually abused as a child, please contact us to learn your options under this new law!!
A number of the attorneys featured on this website have a significant amount of experience helping people in other states who were abused by priests, clerics, employees, and volunteers of the Catholic Church. As the Church in California undergoes more and more scrutiny for how it handled child abuse in its ranks, it is likely that more and more evidence will come to light showing that the Church failed to protect children from sexual predators in its ranks.
It takes an infinite amount of courage to acknowledge that we’ve been abused and greater strength to stand up to the atrocities performed by someone we trust. If you or someone you love have been a victim of such abuse, it’s time to speak up! No longer is it acceptable to hide in the shadows and suffer alone, not when others may be suffering at the expense of your silence. Sexual predators don’t just stop at one victim, they continue until they can’t anymore.
The following Dioceses and Archdioceses are located within California, and as of March 2018, each has been subject to investigations into how they handled child sexual abuse in their ranks: