An Overview of Clergy AbuseUnfortunately, sexual abuse is not limited to one type of perpetrator. It is not always obvious who could be inflicting psychological and physical damage on the most vulnerable people. On the outside, the clergy seems to be upstanding, trustworthy people. In most cases, this is probably true. However, trust your gut if something does not seem right to you.
Attention to Abuse from the MediaIn recent years, the press brought attention to the problems going on behind the doors of church leadership. The Roman Catholic Church got much attention over this issue, but clergy abuse is not limited to the Catholic Church or one particular faith. Many films and articles revealed collusion between individual clergy members, churches, and even legal experts collaborating to cover up a sex scandal within the Church. The Catholic Church has already had to pay millions of dollars to victims of sexual abuse from clergy members. If you have been the victim of clergy abuse or suspect a clergy member has violated your child, do not hesitate to consult our lawyer, who knows how to handle your case.
Georgia Law for Sexual Assault CasesConsent is an agreement that someone "of age" makes, meaning the person offering their consent must be at least 18. The law does not allow exceptions for this in any way, and in the case of clergy abuse, the age difference is generally significant. We recognize the need for accountability in these cases where inappropriate behavior went unchecked for too long. The effects of sexual abuse can be far-reaching and may take a few years to work through.
How Long Georgia Allows Clergy Abuse Victims to Take Civil ActionIn Georgia, the statute of limitations defines how long someone has to bring their case against the perpetrator. In most cases, under O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, claimants have two years to file a sexual assault case in civil court. If the victim is a minor or a senior, there may be tolling exceptions. It's best to get in touch with our firm as soon as possible to avoid missing the applicable deadline. These legal cases can present many gray areas; our lawyers know how to work through the complexities of the law and will help you. Dolman Law Group believes in navigating these situations delicately while explaining everything in plain language you can understand.
What Dolman Law Group Can Do For You After Suffering Clergy AbuseDolman Law Group is based in Florida but works with clients nationwide. We began in 2004 as a privately owned practice by a man on a mission to treat clients with dignity and respect.
Having Our Lawyers Support You Throughout the Legal ProcessOur lawyers can take much of the burden off your shoulders by doing the following:
- Investigating your case
- Gathering evidence
- Communicate with the parties involved in your case
- Preparing for the court (if necessary)
- Offering you day-to-day support throughout the process
- Keeping you informed of case happenings
- Pursuing justice after abuse
- Obtaining compensation for your injuries, whether physical, mental or emotional