Pennsylvania has been at the center of a childhood sexual abuse scandal involving members of the Catholic Church. In August 2018, the state’s Attorney General announced that an investigation showed approximately 300 priests sexually abused more than 1,000 children over seven decades. Even when a respected and revered institution such as a church is found to have enabled this type of horrible behavior, it must face the consequences.

Baron & Budd represents victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by an authoritative individual representing an institution. We may be able to help you pursue compensation for the suffering you have been forced to endure.

A Horrible Scandal

After the state Attorney General’s report, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launched its own investigation involving Pennsylvania priests accused of sexual abuse. The DOJ sent subpoenas to dioceses across Pennsylvania, demanding records that may have shown that priests and other Church officials violated federal laws.

The fallout from the Pennsylvania scandal has reached across the nation, as several state attorney generals have opened their own investigations involving priests accused of sexual abuse. The clergy sexual abuse lawyers with Baron & Budd are helping victims of these crimes seek justice against those who played a role in allowing them to happen.

Controversial Legislation

As of January 2019, legislators in Pennsylvania had failed to take action on a bill that would enable victims of child sexual abuse committed by priests to sue the Catholic Church. Advocates for the legislation say it is necessary in order for courts to be able to force the Church to divulge what it may have known about priests who committed child sexual abuse.

Other Institutional Abuse Claims

Sexual abuse is not limited to the church. For example, seven prison guards who formerly worked at Lackawanna Country Prison in Scranton, PA were charged with sexual abuse of inmates. According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the prison had a “culture of abuse” that lasted more than 10 years.

Baron & Budd may be able to help if you or a loved one was sexually abused by someone representing an institution such as a school, church or governmental agency. Please call (866) 691-7631 or contact us online to learn more.

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