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Tennessee Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer

Tennessee Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Dioceses

While the religious faithful often looks at church leaders and clergy members with admiration and reverence, the Roman Catholic church’s cover-up concerning sexual abusers has finally revealed the unimaginable truth. Thousands of predatory priests have committed unspeakable acts and victimized young adults, teenagers, and children through sexual assault, molestation, rape, fondling, and inappropriate touching.

Many incidents of sexual assault involving clergymen happened when the religious leader was in charge of supervising younger children at Mass, school, camp, or other church-related events. Some of the priests ‘groomed’ their victims for years to be abused.

It often takes decades for a sexual abuse victim to speak out and identify their assaulter years after they were intimidated or threatened into silence. If you are a sexual assault survivor and want justice, the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help.

Our caring team of legal experts will fight to protect your rights and provide a safe place to speak confidentially about what occurred. Our clergy sexual abuse injury attorneys are here to listen to your story and offer legal solutions. Let our comprehensive knowledge of Tennessee tort law to build a successful case to ensure the sexual perpetrator who caused your injuries faces deserved consequences.

Clergy Sexual Assault – An Ongoing Problem

In November 2018, the Roman Catholic Nashville Diocese identified thirteen religious leaders accused of sexually assaulting underage minors between the 1940s and 1990s. Many of these former priests were assigned to Catholic churches, parochial schools, and youth programs throughout Tennessee.

Some critics are upset that the diocese is self-investigating itself to uncover previously hidden cases involving abuse committed by priests and other church employees.

In 2019, a female victim came forward with an allegation that Reverend James Rudisill had sexually assaulted her six decades ago when she was twelve. She could not tell her mother, who urged her to walk to the parish church a few blocks away, what happened.

The woman said that the priest took her to the gym and molested her in a closet on the stage. Although the victim reported the incident nearly forty years later, it took the Roman Catholic Nashville Diocese more than a quarter of a century to tell the public and parishioners what happened.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

Many clergy sexual abuse victims experience survivor’s guilt and self-blame. Some genuinely believe that they did something wrong that led the religious leader to misbehave instead of knowing that the predatory priest used his position of power to take advantage of the victim.

The reverend might have intimidated the victim into remaining silent for fear of retribution or exposure. The traumatic reaction the sexual assault victim experiences can last a lifetime if he or she does not receive effective survivor counseling.

Some short-term effects associated with clergy sexual molestation include denial, guilt, a lack of trust, a sense of isolation, amnesia, dissociation, cognitive problems (blocking out thoughts) and psychological issues including depression, flashbacks, and nightmares. Long-term effects often involve continuing anxiety, mood swings, phobias, paranoia, withdrawal, long-term relationship difficulties, sexual dysfunction, and localized pain.

Seeking Victim Justice

In January 2020, the Roman Catholic Knoxville Diocese announced it had agreed to an out-of-court lawsuit settlement resolving a case involving a victim who alleged two diocesan priests sexually abused him when he was a child. The Church agreed to the settlement by admitting no wrongdoing. The lawsuit documents filed in the Knox County Circuit Court revealed that the two priests involved in the sexual molestation died during the 1990s. Both priests work for the Roman Catholic Church in Tennessee.

During the same month, members of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) requested that Church officials, including the Vatican, investigate the Knoxville Diocese. The survivors’ organization alleges that the Roman Catholic Church had silenced victims of sexual molestation committed by religious leaders. The Vatican had outlawed the practice of covering up cases nearly two decades ago.

Tennessee Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In Tennessee, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The two dioceses and its Bishops manage more than 100 Churches and thirty Catholic schools throughout the state (listed below), providing services to thousands of registered Catholics, parochial school children, and catechism students living in ninety-five counties.

Tennessee Dioceses

Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville
805 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: 865-584-3307
The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Bishop: Richard Stika Bishop of Knoxville

Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville
2800 McGavock Pike Entrance
Nashville, TN 37214
Bishop: J. Mark Spalding
Cathedral: Cathedral of the Incarnation

Tennessee Clergy Sexual Abuse Attorneys Are Ready to Help

Our network of affiliate attorneys understands the challenge of speaking out about what a shameful clergy member did to you. We know that the Roman Catholic 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 deal directly with the Church or their attorneys without our legal representation.

We will ensure that all those responsible will hear your shocking story when we settle your case or present evidence at trial.

Let us open your case today to ensure all the necessary paperwork is filed before the Tennessee statute of limitations expires. Your actions today can ensure that no one else will ever be sexually assaulted by the religious authority again.

We will protect your rights, successfully resolve your case, and obtain financial compensation. Contact us now at (888) 424-5757. All information you share during an initial, free consultation concerning your case will remain confidential.

All Tennessee Churches:

  • All Saints Catholic Church, Knoxville
  • Assumption Church, Nashville
  • Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish, Chattanooga
  • Blessed Sacrament Church, Harriman
  • Cathedral of the Incarnation Catholic Parish, Nashville
  • Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Parish, Knoxville
  • Christ the King Church, Nashville
  • Christ the King Church, Tazewell
  • Christ the Redeemer Church, Centerville
  • Church of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Knoxville
  • Church of the Korean Martyrs Catholic Parish, Nashville
  • Church of the Nativity Catholic Parish, Spring Hill
  • Divine Savior Catholic Parish, Celina
  • ETSU UT Knoxville, Johnson City
  • Good Shepherd Church, Decherd
  • Good Shepherd Church, Newport
  • Holy Cross Church, Pigeon Forge
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Brentwood
  • Holy Family Church, Lafayette
  • Holy Family Church, Seymour
  • Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville
  • Holy Name Church, Nashville
  • Holy Rosary Church, Nashville
  • Holy Spirit Church, Soddy Daisy
  • Holy Trinity Church, Hohenwald
  • Holy Trinity Church, Jefferson City
  • Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (at the Catholic Pastoral Center), Nashville
  • Immaculate Conception Church, Clarksville
  • Immaculate Conception Church, Knoxville
  • Immaculate Conception Church, Pulaski
  • Notre Dame Church, Greeneville
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church Catholic Parish, Alcoa
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Nashville
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church Catholic Parish, South Pittsburg
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Springfield
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Chattanooga
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, LaFollette
  • Our Lady of the Lake Church, Hendersonville
  • Sacred Heart Church Catholic Parish, Lawrenceburg
  • Sacred Heart Church, Loretto
  • Saint Rose of Lima Church, Murfreesboro
  • Shepherd of the Valley Church, Dunlap
  • St. Albert the Great Church, Knoxville
  • St. Alphonsus Church Catholic Parish, Crossville
  • St. Andrew Church Catholic Parish, Sparta
  • St. Ann Church Catholic Parish, Lancing
  • St. Ann Church Catholic Parish, Nashville
  • St. Anthony Church, Fayetteville
  • St. Anthony of Padua Church, Mountain City
  • St. Augustine Church, Signal Mountain
  • St. Bridget Church, Dayton
  • St. Catherine Laboure Church, Copperhill
  • St. Catherine Catholic Parish, Columbia
  • St. Catherine Catholic Parish, McMinnville
  • St. Cecilia Church, Waynesboro
  • St. Christopher Church, Jamestown
  • St. Christopher’s Church, Dickson
  • St. Dominic Church, Kingsport
  • St. Edward Church, Nashville
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tennessee Ridge
  • St. Elizabeth Church, Elizabethton
  • St. Frances Cabrini Church, Lebanon
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church, Dover
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fairfield Glade
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church, Townsend
  • St. Gregory Church, Smithville
  • St. Henry Church Catholic Parish, Nashville
  • St. Henry Church Catholic Parish, Rogersville
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, Antioch
  • St. James the Apostle Church, Sneedville
  • St. John Neumann Church, Knoxville
  • St. John Paul II Catholic Mission, Rutledge
  • St. John the Evangelist Church, Lewisburg
  • St. John Vianney Church, Gallatin
  • St. John XXIII Parish Catholic Parish, Knoxville
  • St. Joseph Church, Loretto
  • St. Joseph Church, Madison
  • St. Joseph Church, Norris
  • St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville
  • St. Jude Church Catholic Parish, Chattanooga
  • St. Jude Church, Helenwood
  • St. Lawrence Church, Joelton
  • St. Luke Church, Smyrna
  • St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish, Alto
  • St. Mark Church Catholic Parish, Manchester
  • St. Martha Church Catholic Parish, Ashland City
  • St. Mary Church, Athens
  • St. Mary Church, Gatlinburg
  • St. Mary Church Catholic Parish, Johnson City
  • St. Mary Church, Oak Ridge
  • St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Church, Nashville
  • St. Matthew Church, Franklin
  • St. Michael Church, Cedar Hill
  • St. Michael the Archangel Church, Erwin
  • St. Patrick Church, McEwen
  • St. Patrick Church, Morristown
  • St. Patrick Church, Nashville
  • St. Paul the Apostle Church, Tullahoma
  • St. Philip Church Catholic Parish, Franklin
  • St. Pius X Church, Nashville
  • St. Stephen Church Catholic Parish, Chattanooga
  • St. Stephen Church, Old Hickory
  • St. Teresa of Kolkata Church Catholic Parish, Maynardville
  • St. Therese Church, Clinton
  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church Catholic Parish, Cleveland
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Cookeville
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Lenoir City
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church Catholic Parish, Nashville
  • St. William Church Catholic Parish, Shelbyville

Tennessee Catholic Schools:

  • Aquinas College, Nashville
  • Christ the King School, Nashville
  • Father Ryan High School, Nashville
  • Holy Rosary Academy, Nashville
  • Immaculate Conception School, Clarksville
  • Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville
  • Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Chattanooga
  • Overbrook School, Nashville
  • Pope John Paul II High School, Hendersonville
  • Sacred Heart Church and School, Knoxville
  • Sacred Heart School – Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg
  • Sacred Heart School – Loretto, Loretto
  • Saint Rose of Lima School, Murfreesboro
  • St. Ann School, Nashville
  • St. Bernard Academy, Nashville
  • St. Cecilia Academy, Nashville
  • St. Dominic’s Catholic School, Knoxville
  • St. Edward School, Nashville
  • St. Henry School, Nashville
  • St. John Neumann Catholic School, Knoxville
  • St. John Vianney School, Gallatin
  • St. Joseph School -, Madison
  • St. Joseph School, Knoxville
  • St. Jude School, Chattanooga
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School, Johnson City
  • St. Mary’s School, Oak Ridge
  • St. Matthew School, Franklin
  • St. Patrick School, McEwen
  • St. Pius X Classical Academy, Nashville
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