San Antonio Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Your church should be a place you feel safe – not one that turns your nightmares into reality. Sadly, thousands of people in the U.S. face atrocities such as sexual abuse, assault and harassment from trusted clergy members. Priests, deacons, bishops and other members of the Catholic Church may prey on vulnerable parishioners, especially children, for sexual means.
If you are a survivor of San Antonio Catholic Church sexual abuse, the lawyers at Hill Law Firm can help. We treat sexual abuse and assault cases with the utmost respect, care and confidentiality. We understand how distressing it can be to come forward with your story and aim to make it as easy as possible. Let us help you hold one or more parties accountable for the grave injustice of clergy abuse. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Why Choose Hill Law Firm?
- Our lead attorney, Justin Hill, has a long track record of excellence, education, experience and accolades in the legal field.
- Our law firm has obtained millions of dollars for personal injury clients throughout Texas, including outstanding results in difficult cases.
- Our firm treats each client with empathy and compassion. We understand the delicacy of sexual abuse claims and how to fulfill the needs of our clients.
Why You Need a Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Many clergy abuse cases involve the vicarious liability of the larger religious institution, such as the Archdiocese of San Antonio or the Catholic Church. Although an individual priest may have been the perpetrator of sexual abuse, the institution has a responsibility to take steps to prevent sexual abuse and respond to reported incidents properly. Unfortunately, many dioceses have a documented history of failing to notify authorities and concealing abuse within churches. This could make them accountable for damages. An attorney from Hill Law Firm can help you go up against religious institutions in pursuit of justice and fair compensation in San Antonio, Texas.
Documented San Antonio Clergy Sexual Abuse
Recently, the Catholic Church has made strides to be more honest and transparent about the prevalence of sexual abuse and assault within the clergy. Pope Francis passed a law that makes it mandatory for dioceses to publish records of documented allegations against priests and other members of the clergy. The Archdiocese of San Antonio complied with this law on January 31st, 2019 when it released a report of clergy members credibly accused of sexual abuse.
The list of credibly accused clergy included 55 names, with recorded incidents dating back to 1940. All but one accused individual were priests. Most accounts occurred between the years of 1970 and 1979. The Archdiocese of San Antonio has not documented any new incidents since 2010. Fifteen dioceses in Texas, covering millions of parishioners, released similar Disclosure Lists. Statewide, the lists named 286 credibly accused individuals.
What Is the Statute of Limitations?
Currently, survivors of sexual abuse have 15 years from the date of the alleged abuse or assault to bring civil claims for damages. If the survivor was a minor at the time of the incident, he or she has 15 years from the date of his or her 18th birthday (age 33). In May 2019, the House unanimously approved a bill that would help child sex abuse survivors take on institutions. If passed into law, House Bill 3809 would double the statute of limitations on civil sexual abuse lawsuits. It would give survivors up to 30 years after their 18th birthdays. State laws are always changing. Discuss your specific case with an attorney to learn your time limit to file.
Contact a San Antonio Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Lawyer
The Hill Law Firm cares deeply about bringing justice to survivors of sexual abuse. If you or a loved one is a survivor of clergy abuse in San Antonio, please contact us to request a free and completely confidential meeting with our lead attorney. We treat every claim with care and the highest standards of privacy. We can give you a voice to speak out against Catholic Church sexual abuse while keeping your identity anonymous if desired. Call (210) 899-5031 for your free case review today.