Washington, D.C., Church Sexual Abuse Lawyers
In October 2018, Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced the launch of a civil investigation into the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. The archdiocese is made up of schools and churches in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties. The investigation was prompted by recent incidences in Pennsylvania, which lead to the discovery of egregious abuse spanning seven decades, along with a scandalous cover-up by the Catholic Church.
The emotional and physical pain that sexual abuse victims endure is unimaginable to those who have experienced it. Though legal representation cannot undo the pain of abuse, it can help victims hold responsible parties accountable for their inexcusable actions. The Washington, D.C., church sexual abuse lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO serve as advocates for abuse victims in and around the district. For over 30 years, we have fought for people who have been harmed by the actions of others.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of sexual abuse by a church official, you are not alone. We stand with victims as both a knowledgeable legal support system and advocates for their rights. If you have been the victim of church sexual abuse, we are ready to listen to you and fight for you. Call our office today at (301) 220-0050 to speak with a member of our team today.
Do I Need a Church Sexual Abuse Attorney?
Victims of sexual abuse often face physical and emotional trauma that can affect the rest of their lives. When a church official abuses the people who rely on them, this breach of trust can impact the victim’s relationships and ability to trust others for years to come. Many victims are intimidated into silence for years, especially when they have been abused by someone who was part of a trusted community institution.
Bringing legal action against abusers is a way to make the abuser and the system that gave them access to victims pay for the damage they have caused. When pursuing a civil claim for sexual abuse, survivors are essentially pursuing compensation for the damage that was caused to their lives as a result of the abuse. Compensation can help survivors in countless ways. Though payment won’t make the memories of abuse disappear, it can go toward creating a better life for the victims.
An attorney will listen to the victims and help them understand, based on the trauma they have experienced, what actions can be pursued. Victims who attempt to pursue a sexual abuse claim on their own may be able to recover compensation, but with a skilled legal team fighting for them, abuse survivors stand to gain much more than they could alone.
Why Hire CHASENBOSCOLO to Handle My Case?
The team at CHASENBOSCOLO has worked in and around the Washington, D.C., community since 1986. We have experienced firsthand both the triumphs and tragedies within our community. When others cause our clients undue harm, we stand up and act on their behalf. Pursuing compensation for sexual abuse can cause survivors to relive painful memories, which is why we are committed to leading with compassion and understanding.
Over the years, we have won millions of dollars for people in civil suits. Our relentless pursuit of justice has allowed us to help survivors heal and move forward with their lives. We built our firm with our community in mind. Sexual abuse victims are empowered by strong legal representation.
To further support the community, we regularly give back, donating to local charities and schools, such as Sherwood High School, Lime Kiln Middle School, Bullis School, DeMatha Catholic High School, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Arden House, Kids’ Chance of Maryland, Inc., and many other organizations.
Types of Church Sexual Abuse Cases We Handle
The Catholic Church is under investigation in multiple states across the country. Recently, with the opening of an investigation opening into the Archdiocese of Washington, the attorney general has set up a website for Washington, D.C., abuse victims in the D.C. area to report their experience. However, we still recommend contacting an attorney to represent you.
With tens of thousands of confirmed abuse cases and thousands of civil suits already filed, we understand that, unfortunately, these numbers represent only a fraction of church sexual abuse victims. In civil cases, damages for sexual assault commonly include:
- Past physical harm endured
- Past emotional harm endured
- Continual harm related to the abuse
Everyone processes trauma differently, and as a result, the effects of abuse are different for every person. While some people may go on to lead ostensibly normal lives, they may still be coping with abuse from decades ago. In civil abuse cases, two entities are often liable for the damage caused to survivors of sexual abuse:
- The abuser – The person or church official who perpetrated the abusive behavior.
- The institution – The church or employer that provided cover and excused the abuser’s behavior; churches have a duty to the people in their congregation when one of their clergy members poses a threat to the members of their church.
If you have survived church sexual abuse, you are not alone. A skilled and compassionate civil lawyer can help you recover resources and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Reach out to CHASENBOSCOLO to Fight for You
If you or someone you love has faced sexual abuse from a church official, seek the help of an attorney who is willing to fight for you. The Washington, D.C., attorneys at CHASENBOSCOLO treat each case with care, respect, and unmatched attention to detail. We understand that many people have reservations about taking legal action, so if you are more comfortable with a quick consultation, we are happy to do that as well. Call our office to speak with someone today at (301) 220-0050, or contact us online.