California Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Archdioceses
Sexual abuse by a religious leader can create lifelong physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wounds. Often, the survivor faces unimaginable challenges when dealing with their trauma.
Many clergy sexual abuse victims remain silent for years, suffering alone, unable to speak to others about what happened.
In recent years, many victims have stepped forward to uncover the abuse by clergy members and how Church officials who looked the other way, failing to take action to stop the abusive behavior immediately.
Many sexual abuse survivors come forward after years of suffering quietly.
Are you or your loved one a victim of California clergy abuse?
Schedule a free case evaluation today with the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC. Contact us at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call).
Our experienced team of legal representatives will fight to protect your rights and provide a safe place to talk about what happened. Our clergy sexual abuse lawyers are ready to hear your story.
Our law firm has a comprehensive understanding of CA tort law and uses the legal system to help survivors seek justice through a compensation case. Accused priests and church officials that covered up sexual abuse cases cannot be allowed to escape accountability for child sexual abuse allegations.
California Clergy Sexual Assault – The Problem Remains
Since the 1930s, the Roman Catholic leaders covered up accusations of sexual assault involving religious leaders and innocent adults and children. Recent reports have identified sexually inappropriate events involving Priest, Pastors, Bishops, Brothers, and Sisters of all religious orders molesting adults and children in their parish.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles paid a female abuse victim $500,000 to settle a case involving sexual molestation by a priest. The victim, who had been sexually assaulted by Father Santiago Tame, was one plaintiff included in the Diocese’s 2007 $660 million settlement.
Some Catholic leaders have set up an independent compensation program to resolve clergy sexual abuse cases. Many assault survivors find peace in the justice of holding the predator and religious leader accountable.
Filing a damage recovery claim through the independent compensation program can be complicated, requiring the legal assistance of an experienced compensation abuse attorney that specializes in clergy injury cases.
The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault
Sexual abuse by clergy members could cause lifelong devastation that negatively alters the victim’s well-being.
Sexually assaulted children and adults may suffer from significant sleeping disorders, ongoing depression, substance abuse, self-injury, and suicide, including suicidal ideation (thinking about suicide).
Young children and teenage victims may develop negative eating habits, begin living an over-sexualized lifestyle, or engage in any form of risky behavior.
The Statute of Limitations for Victims of Clergy Abuse
In January 2020, a Los Angeles Times article revealed six abuse lawsuits filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego involving sexual abuse occurring decades ago committed by now-deceased religious leaders.
A victim sexually assaulted years ago has extended time past the old statute of limitations and can file an old claim until December 31, 2022. Many new plaintiffs submitted their suits the day after the state legislature changed the statute of limitations (AB 218) that extended the time that victims could file these types of lawsuits after the clergy abuse occurred.
California joined other nationwide jurisdictions including New York and Pennsylvania in changing time restrictions to help child victims file lawsuits as adults.
The state law change expanded the minimum age a victim can file a claim alleging sexual assault by Catholic clergy from twenty-six years of age to forty.
The bill also allows a three-year window for victims of any age to refile a claim that may have been previously prohibited when the statute of limitations expired from when they were victims of sexual misconduct.
Most compensation lawsuits filed against the Roman Catholic leaders and the abusive priests reveal a cover-up involving church officials who were not interested in protecting the victim nor providing much-needed mental health care for the predator.
Legal officials believe the many newly submitted lawsuits by victims of clergy abuse are just the tip of the iceberg of cases to be filed against Catholics, other religious institutions, and youth organizations like the Boy Scouts of America.
California Roman Catholic Dioceses
In California, Roman Catholics are the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The two archdioceses, twelve dioceses, and their Bishops manage more than 1270 parishes in fifty-eight counties across California (listed below).
Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg
1510 East Mountain St
Glendale, CA 91207
- Bishop Mikaël Mouradian
Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle
1627 Jamacha Way
El Cajon, CA 92019
- Bishop Emanuel H. Shaleta
- Bishop of Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle of San Diego
Diocese of Fresno
1550 North Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93707-3788
- Bishop Joseph V. Brennan, Bishop of Fresno
- Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop Emeritus of Fresno
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2202
- Archbishop José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
- Bishop Alex Aclan
- Bishop Robert Barron
- Bishop Edward W. Clark
- Bishop David G. O’Connell
- Bishop Marc V. Trudeau
- Bishop Thomas J. Curry
- Bishop Alexander Salazar
- Bishop Joseph M. Sartoris
- Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson
- Bishop Gabino Zavala
- Cardinal Roger M. Mahony
Diocese of Monterey
P.O. Box 2048
Monterey, CA 93942
- Bishop Daniel E. Garcia
- Bishop of Monterey
- Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan
- Bishop Emeritus of Monterey
Diocese of Oakland
2121 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
- Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ Bishop of Oakland
- Bishop John S. Cummins, Bishop Emeritus of Oakland
Diocese of Orange
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840
- Bishop Kevin W. Vann
- Bishop of Orange
- Bishop Timothy E. Freyer
- Bishop Thanh Thai Nguyen
- Bishop Tod D. Brown
- Bishop Emeritus of Orange
Diocese of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA 95818
- Bishop Jaime Soto
- Bishop of Sacramento
- Bishop William K. Weigand
Diocese of San Bernardino
1201 E. Highland Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92404-5300
- Bishop Gerald R. Barnes
- Bishop of San Bernardino
- Bishop Alberto Rojas
- Coadjutor Bishop of San Bernardino
- Bishop Rutilio J. del Riego
Diocese of San Diego
P.O. Box 85728
San Diego, CA 92186-5728
- Bishop Robert W. McElroy
- Bishop of San Diego
- Bishop John P. Dolan
- Bishop Robert H. Brom
- Bishop Emeritus of San Diego
- Bishop Gilbert E. Chávez
Archdiocese of San Francisco
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109
- Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone
- Archbishop of San Fransisco
- Bishop William J. Justice
- Bishop Ignatius C. Wang
Diocese of San Jose
1150 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95112-4966
- Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop of San Jose
- Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, Bishop Emeritus of San Jose
Diocese of Santa Rosa
P.O. Box 1297
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
- Bishop of Santa Rosa
- Bishop Robert F. Vasa
- Bishop Daniel F. Walsh
- Bishop Emeritus of Santa Rosa
Diocese of Stockton
212 N. San Joaquin Street
Stockton, CA 95202-2409
- Bishop Myron J. Cotta
- Bishop of Stockton
California Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers are Ready to Help
Our network of sexual abuse attorneys understands how difficult it is for abuse survivors to speak out about what a shameful clergy member did to you.
We know that the church uses its power to push back and say that what happened was not wrong. However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, on your side, you will never stand there alone. We help sexual abuse survivors when they decide that they want to take action against the Catholic Church.
Let us begin working on your sex abuse case today. Speak out now and file a lawsuit. An abuse attorney can help you take legal action as you try to get financial compensation for the child sex abuse that you endured. Contact our law firm now at (888) 424-5757.
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