Are you, or a loved one, a victim of molestation or child sex abuse by a member of the Mormon / Latter Day Saints Church? You may have a case if:
We investigate these cases regularly, and know what to look for. Whether you are a victim of Mormon sexual abuse or Catholic abuse, trust our experienced attorneys with your case, speak with a Catholic church sexual abuse attorney today.
Child sex abuse isn't always the crime of just one individual. Even if there was only one predator actually committing the crime, there are often several enablers who either deny what's going on or attempt to sweep the situation under the rug. These people, when they work for a powerful organization, are just as guilty as the offender. They selfishly put the reputation of their organization ahead of the safety of our children.
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We've seen this scenario play out in multiple high-profile cases of child sexual abuse, including within several religious organizations. The Latter-Day Saints church is not insulated from this serious problem. Over the past few decades, former victims of childhood sexual abuse in the Church have been going public with their stories.
Since 2001, victims from all over the country have been filing lawsuits which allege that the church tried to cover up their sexual abuse at the hands of church members or officials.
These include Warren Jeffs, a former LDS Church President, who was charged and convicted in multiple criminal cases after attempting to escape being arrested, for allegedly arranging marriages between adult male congregation members and underage girls, by flying out of Utah. He was later arrested in Nevada and tried on multiple counts including rape, sexual abuse of minors, and incest. Other prominent cases have included:
Civil lawsuits help victims when the criminal justice system fails them. Even when a child molester is convicted for their crimes, the people and organizations which allowed such awful crimes to happen may not suffer consequences.
A lawsuit helps to hold these parties responsible for their complicity, raises more awareness of the problem, and provides victims with the compensation they need for a lifetime of pain and suffering, therapy, and other damages.
Other victims who may have been too scared to speak out often find courage from those who have filed lawsuits. This is often the case when high-profile organizations or people are guilty of sexual abuse, such as the allegations against Bill Cosby. It often takes one courageous whistle blower to begin toppling the dominoes.
We understand how difficult it can be to file a lawsuit against the Church you grew up in. Adults who were victimized as children may be afraid that they will be silenced, ridiculed, or dismissed as looking for a payout. Child victims may be afraid to speak out against a highly respected church leader.
But it's important to be brave and to hold these predators responsible for the extensive harm they've caused. No one should be forced to live with the depression, fear, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and loss of faith which so often accompanies religious sexual abuse.
While a lawsuit won't turn back time, it will help prevent future victims from being abused by the same person who abused you or your loved one. If you suffered abuse as a child or have reason to believe that a loved one is currently being abused, our experienced victims' rights lawyers are here to help you fight for justice.