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West Virginia Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer

West Virginia Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Archdioceses

Cases of sexual assault by clergy members have been on the rise for decades as many religious institutions have allowed sexual predators access to helpless victims, including the young. The implied trust of turning to a priest or minister for spiritual guidance can be particularly harmful to the unsuspecting who are unable to protect themselves from people they trust, including religious leaders, coaches, teachers, and others.

Any strong bond formed with the pastor or priest can be violated quickly through sexual assault that creates long-lasting devastating effects for the victim.

It often takes decades for victims of sexual abuse to speak up and tell others after years of suffering in silence. If you are a sexual assault survivor or your loved one was victimized through sexual abuse, the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help.

Our caring team of legal representatives will fight on your behalf to protect your rights and provide a safe place to talk about what happened. Our Catholic Church sexual injury attorneys are here to listen to your story. Let our comprehensive knowledge of West Virginia tort law build a successful case to ensure the sexual predator who caused your injuries faces the consequences they deserve.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault has always been a challenging social problem to understand. Many cases of abuse are notoriously not reported or insufficiently prosecuted. When the victim loses their physical autonomy while being sexually abused, it often involves coercion, incapacitation, physical violence, and a loss of power.

While sexual assault is often identified as rape, it can include any inappropriate sexual activity, including unwanted sexual touching.

The results of the attack could shape the victim’s life after their survival that might consist of blaming themselves or believing a personal shortcoming gave the predator an excuse for the abuse to have occurred. Society should support a victim’s right to pursue criminal justice & compensation after their experience of sexual violence.

Seeking Victim Justice

Are you the victim of inappropriate sexual contact with any member of the Roman Catholic Church in West Virginia? If so, it is crucial to hire the professional skills of a competent law firm that specializes in clergy sexual abuse cases. Recently resolved and filed civil lawsuits involving West Virginia religious leaders include:

  • August 2019, Charleston, West Virginia – Ex-Bishop Michael Bransfield and the Wheeling-Charleston diocese have settled a concerning civil lawsuit that accused the former West Virginia Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop of sexually assaulting men and boys. The details of the settlement remain confidential, and the defendants declined to comment after a former altar server in March 2019 alleged that the Bishop sexually abused others in 2014. The civil lawsuit documents assert that the Bishop consumed vast amounts of alcohol every night and drunkenly harassed and assaulted seminarians.
  • May 2018, Charleston, West Virginia – The State Attorney General announced in May 2018 that an amended civil lawsuit had been filed against the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese involving a decade-old allegation that a Catholic school teacher sexually assaulted a student. The lawsuit states that the diocese’s secret 2006 report involved a teacher engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with a student in Kanawha County. The amended suit alleges that the Bishop knew that twenty background checks were not performed at a Charleston Catholic elementary school in 2007 and 2008.

West Virginia Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In West Virginia, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its Bishop manage one diocese and 135 parishes statewide (listed below) that provide services to Catholics living in fifty-five counties.

West Virginia Dioceses

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
1311 Byron St
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 233-0880
Bishop: Mark E. Brennan
tbishop@dwc.org

West Virginia Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers are Ready to Help

Our network of attorneys understands the problematic situation of speaking out about what occurred by a shameful clergy member. We know how powerful the church is at pushing back to say they have done nothing wrong.

However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, as your legal representatives, you will never be alone. We will work aggressively to ensure your shocking story will be heard before settling your case or when presenting evidence in front of a judge and jury.

Let us open your case today. Talk to us now so we can start filing all the necessary paperwork. 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 on your family’s behalf.

Contact us now at (888) 424-5757. All information you share during an initial, free consultation concerning your case will remain confidential.

All West Virginia Parishes:

  • All Saints Parish in Bridgeport
  • Annunciation of Our Lord Parish in Fort Ashby
  • Ascension Parish in Hurricane
  • Assumption Parish in Keyser
  • Blessed Sacrament Parish in South Charleston
  • Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish in Wheeling
  • Christ Our Hope Parish in Harrisville
  • Christ The King Parish in Dunbar
  • Christ The King Parish in War
  • Corpus Christi Parish in Wheeling
  • Epiphany of The Lord Parish in Moorefield
  • Good Shepherd Mission in Coalburg
  • Good Shepherd Parish in Glenville
  • Holy Cross Mission in Pineville
  • Holy Family Mission in Beech Bottom
  • Holy Family Mission in Spelter
  • Holy Family Parish in Richwood
  • Holy Redeemer Parish in Spencer
  • Holy Rosary Parish in Buckhannon
  • Holy Rosary Parish in Sisterville
  • Holy Spirit Parish in Monogah
  • Holy Trinity Parish in Nitro
  • Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg
  • Immaculate Conception Parish in Fairmont
  • Immaculate Conception Parish in Montgomery
  • Immaculate Conception Parish in New Cumberland
  • Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Mission in Grantsville
  • Mary Help of Christians Mission in Bruceton Mills
  • Mater Dolorosa Parish in Paden City
  • Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Wayne
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Huntington
  • Our Lady of Grace Parish in Romney
  • Our Lady of Mercy Mission in Parsons
  • Our Lady of Peace Parish in Wheeling
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Stonewood
  • Our Lady of Seven Dolors Mission in Triadelphia
  • Our Lady of the Hills Parish in Elkview
  • Our Lady of Victory Parish in Gray
  • Resurrection Mission in Belington
  • Resurrection Mission in Huttonsville
  • Risen Lord Parish in Maysel
  • Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Parish in Charleston
  • Sacred Heart Mission in Pickens
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Parish (Polish) in Weirton
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Bluefield
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Chester
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Huntington
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Point Pleasant
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Powhatan
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Princeton
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Rainelle
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Salem
  • Sacred Heart Parish in Williamson
  • SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Oak Hill
  • St. Agnes Parish in Charleston
  • St. Agnes Parish in Shepherdstown
  • St. Alphonsus Parish in Wheeling
  • St. Ann Parish in Shinnston
  • St. Anne Mission in Clendenin
  • St. Anne Parish in Webster Springs
  • St. Anthony Parish in Charleston
  • St. Anthony Parish in Fairmont
  • St. Anthony Parish in Follansbee
  • St. Anthony Parish in Ridgeley
  • St. Anthony’s Shrine Mission in Boomer
  • St. Augustine Parish in Grafton
  • St. Barbara Mission in Chapmanville
  • St. Bernadette Mission in Hedgesville
  • St. Boniface Parish in Camden
  • St. Brendan Parish in Elkins
  • St. Catherine of Siena Parish in White Sulphur Springs
  • St. Charles Borromeo Parish in White Sulphur Springs
  • St. Edmund Parish in Man
  • St. Edward the Confessor Mission in Terra Alta
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Franklin
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary Mission in Elizabeth
  • St. Elizabeth Parish in Philippi
  • St. Francis De Sales Parish in Beckley
  • St. Francis De Sales Parish in Morgantown
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Logan
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish in St. Albans
  • St. Francis Xavier Parish in Moundsville
  • St. Francis Xavier Parish in Parkersburg
  • St. James Parish in Charles Town
  • St. James Parish in McMechen
  • St. James the Apostle Parish in Clarksburg
  • St. John Bosco Parish in Huttonsville
  • St. John Neumann Parish in Marlinton
  • St. John Parish in Belle
  • St. John Parish in Benwood
  • St. John Parish in St. Mary’s
  • St. John the Evangelist Parish in Mullens
  • St. John The Evangelist Parish in Summersville
  • St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellsburg
  • St. John University Parish in Morgantown
  • St. Joseph Mission in Mason
  • St. Joseph Parish in Huntington
  • St. Joseph Parish in Martinsburg
  • St. Joseph Parish in Proctor
  • St. Joseph the Worker Mission in Whitesville
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Weirton
  • St. Jude Parish in Glen Dale
  • St. Lawrence Mission in Middlebourne
  • St. Leo Parish in Inwood
  • St. Luke The Evangelist Parish in Morgantown
  • St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg
  • St. Mark the Evangelist Mission in Bartow
  • St. Martin of Tours Parish in Cameron
  • St. Mary of the Greenbrier Mission in Alderson
  • St. Mary Parish in Petersburg
  • St. Mary Parish in Star City
  • St. Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Madison
  • St. Matthew Parish in Ravenswood
  • St. Michael Parish in Vienna
  • St. Michael Parish in Wheeling
  • St. Monica Parish in Lubeck
  • St. Patrick Mission in Bancroft
  • St. Patrick Parish in Coalton
  • St. Patrick Parish in Hinton
  • St. Patrick Parish in Mannington
  • St. Patrick Parish in Salem
  • St. Patrick Parish in Weston
  • St. Paul Parish in Weirton
  • St. Peter Claver Parish in Huntington
  • St. Peter Parish in Farmington
  • St. Peter Parish in Welch
  • St. Peter The Fisherman Parish in Fairmont
  • St. Sebastian Parish in Kingwood
  • St. Stephen Parish in Ona
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Thomas
  • St. Thomas Parish in Gassaway
  • St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Berkeley Springs
  • St. Vincent De Paul Parish in New Martinsville
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Wheeling
  • St. Zita Parish in Masontown
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