New Laws Expand the Rights of Sexual Abuse Victims
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The attorneys at Heiligman & Mogul understand the often-overwhelming challenges faced by victims of priest and clergy sexual abuse. These include the frightening prospect of revealing even the occurrence of abuse to another human being and the resulting reluctance to seek help for the suffering they endure. Heiligman & Mogul will handle every aspect of your case with the utmost sensitivity, compassion, and discretion—and the strongest determination to achieve the full extent of justice you or your child deserve.
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If you or your loved one has been sexually abused by a priest, minister, or other clergy or church official, the law entitles you to compensation for your suffering and the chance to see that the predator who abused you brought to justice. Finding representation for your or your child’s sexual-abuse case as soon as possible is critical to your chances of achieving justice against your abuser.
Consult our compassionate and dedicated sexual abuse attorneys at email@example.com or 215-561-0111 for a confidential and cost-free consultation about your case. We handle cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Good News for Victims of Church Abuse
Major sexual-abuse scandals involving priests, clergy, and others associated with churches and religious organizations have been well-publicized throughout the U.S. In August 2014, a Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed that more than 300 priests had engaged in ongoing abuse of more than 1,000 children over a 70-year period. In New Jersey, 188 priests and deacons who had abused children from as far back as the 1940s were identified by the State’s dioceses in February 2019.
These scandals got the attention of the American public as well as its legislators.
Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have passed laws that enable more abuse victims to bring their predators to justice.
Under the new Pennsylvania law, victims may be allowed 2 years from a 2018 Grand Jury Report on PA clergy sexual abuse to file a claim against a diocese that covered up ongoing abuse by its clergy if the victim can show that he / she did not know of the coverup until the report’s release.
The new law in New Jersey, effective as of December 1, 2019, allows:
- adult and child victims to file civil cases against abusers within 2 years from December 1, 2019
- adult victims to file until the later of the date they reach 55 or 7 years after becoming aware of the harm they suffered
- victims to sue institutions and people who enabled or covered up abuse
These important new laws will hold many more sexual predators accountable for their actions and reduce the chances of coverup by institutions that care more about their own reputations than the people they are harming.
Obtaining Representation as Soon as Possible Can be Crucial to your Case
Finding representation for your or your child’s sexual-abuse case as soon as possible is critical to your chances of achieving justice against your abuser. Consult our compassionate and dedicated attorneys for a confidential and cost-free consultation about your case.
Sexual Abuse Coverage Areas Served:
PENNSYLVANIA: We serve the entire State of Pennsylvania including Adams County, Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Bedford County, Berks County, Blair County, Bradford County, Bucks County, Butler County, Cambria County, Cameron County, Carbon County, Centre County, Chester County, Clarion County, Clearfield County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Crawford County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Delaware County, Elk County, Erie County, Fayette County, Forest County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Greene County, Huntingdon County, Indiana County, Jefferson County, Juniata County, Lackawanna County, Lancaster County, Lawrence County, Lebanon County, Lehigh County, Luzerne County, Lycoming County, McKean County, Mercer County, Mifflin County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Montour County, Northampton County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Philadelphia County, Pike County, Potter County, Schuylkill County, Snyder County, Somerset County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Tioga County, Union County, Venango County, Warren County, Washington County, Wayne County, Westmoreland County, Wyoming County, York County
NEW JERSEY: We serve the entire State of New Jersey including Atlantic County, Bergen County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Essex County, Gloucester County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Salem County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Union County, Warren County
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