Are You a Victim of Clergy Abuse?

child sexual abuse in the catholic church

In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a grand jury report uncovering widespread sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church. Over 300 clergy members were accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 victims since the 1960’s. The grand jury report sent shockwaves nationally and internationally due to nature of the abuse, the pervasiveness of the abuse and the size of the alleged cover-up that was documented. Six major dioceses in Pennsylvania were investigated for child sexual abuse. The dioceses include Allentown, Eerie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

It is important for survivors to know that they can speak out, seek justice and hold accountable those that are responsible. If you or your child have been the victim of sexual abuse, please contact us and we will do everything in our power to make sure that justice is served. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we have the resources and experience to help you and your family under these very difficult circumstances. The Catholic sexual abuse lawyers, will fight to hold abusers accountable by conducting a thorough investigation, subpoenaing documents and questioning abusers and their enablers under oath.

How Did the Pennsylvania State Legislature Respond to the Grand Jury Report?

Currently, a child sexual abuse survivor must pursue a civil law suit by their 30th birthday. However, in September 2018, after the release of the grand jury report, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass to a child sexual abuse bill. If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by the Governor, the legislation could extend the amount of time that a victim has to pursue a civil law suit beyond the victim’s 30th birthday. Our firm is currently accepting cases for all sexual abuse victims, regardless of age.

Have You Successfully Litigated Child Sexual Abuse Cases in Pennsylvania?

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we have a long history of litigating a variety of serious child sexual abuse cases. We have taken on different organizations and religious institutions including:

  • The Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Common Pleas Court). Founder and senior partner, Stewart J. Eisenberg, represented abuse victims by bringing suit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and former priests for abuse that took place in the church, including a church summer camp, in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
  • Boy Scouts of America. Founder and senior partner, Stewart J. Eisenberg, has represented a victims of childhood sexual abuse who sued the Boy Scouts of America and/or the Church of Latter Day Saints over allegations of child sexual abuse in various jurisdictions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These victims were sexually abused by their scoutmasters at Boy Scout activities, some of which were sponsored by various churches, including the Church of Latter Day Saints.
  • The Archdiocese of Philadelphia (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania). Founder and senior partner, Stewart J. Eisenberg, filed a class action lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and the Estate of Cardinal John Krol. Over fourteen individuals were included in the class and were sexually abused by priests that were assigned to, employed by or harbored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The class action lawsuit was filed in June 2016 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Sexually Abused in the Catholic Church? Contact Our Philadelphia Child Sexual Abuse Attorneys Today

If you or your child is a survivor of priest sexual abuse, then you should contact Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., at 215-546-6636 and schedule a consultation. You can contact us online and tell us about your case. It is important to hold our religious leaders to the same standard that we hold everyone else. No member of the clergy is above the law. Our Philadelphia child sexual abuse attorneys promise to carefully investigate and prosecute your case and look forward to meeting with you soon.

Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg, & Jeck, P.C.
1634 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Phone: (215) 585-2814