A pattern has emerged in the wake of unprecedented sexual abuse allegations covered up for decades by the Catholic Church. It is clear that priest and clergy sexual abuse has been rampant throughout the United States and the globe.
We place a great deal of trust in our religious officials. They teach religious scriptures, and because of this we hold them to a higher standard. Throughout the years people have looked to priests and church officials as mentors and confidants during trying times. They are trusted with our secrets, our sins and most importantly our children. Sadly, it is this trust that allowed clergy members to systematically abuse thousands of children across the nation.
A Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August 2018 has spurred a growing number of state investigations into clergy sexual abuse. Hotlines that were set up to report clergy abuse have lit up across the country. Many victims have lived in constant shame and had their lives forever altered because of the abuse they suffered at the hands of trusted priests and clergy members.
Sauder Schelkopf currently represents or has represented victims of clergy sexual misconduct in dioceses throughout the country. We have a class action lawsuit pending on behalf of male students and student-athletes who were sexually abused by Dr. Richard Strauss, who was employed by Ohio State University as the school and team doctor for decades. We also represented female students who were patients of Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist at the University of Southern California accused of sexual misconduct since the 1990s.
- Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Investigations
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR VICTIMS
Cases of clergy sexual misconduct can arise in many different religious settings, including churches, schools, daycares, bible studies, religious retreats and other religious institutions. If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual misconduct by clergy members or priests, the attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf are here to help.
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Sauder Schelkopf’s attorneys include former prosecutors who have extensive experience fighting for victims. It is through our experience and unwavering dedication that Sauder Schelkopf brings justice to our clients.