If you or someone you love suffered abuse by a member of the clergy or by anyone in any way affiliated with the church, you are not alone, and we can help.
A North Carolina clergy abuse lawyer can help you bring your abuser to justice, potentially prevent future abuse from occurring, and seek a financial award that the law may entitle you to. This can help you pay for any treatment you may need and cover damages and lost opportunities that you suffered as a result of abuse at the hands of the clergy. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 219-9622.
Overview of Clergy Abuse
Clergy abuse has gone for a long time–much longer than many people like to admit. In most cases, the victim is a child and the abuser is a clergy member, but that is not always the case. Volunteers, part-time workers, and other members of the congregation can abuse others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine in 10 cases of abuse are perpetrated by someone known by the victim or his or her family.
Child abuse–and sexual abuse in particular–go against all of the teachings of Christianity, irrespective of denomination. However, it has gone on for so long that many people do not realize how ingrained it is in the structure and hierarchy of many organizations. According to recent disclosures, some instances of child sexual assault by members of the clergy were reported as far back as the 1950s. It is anyone’s guess how many cases went unreported before that time.
Today, many laws protect the victims of abuse, such as North Carolina Statute § 110-105.4 – 4 that mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse, but the issue is far from being exterminated. It is the brave, courageous, and unrelenting victims of abuse that paved the way to reform for others. Taking that first step is hard, but it is the only way you will be able to press charges, seek awards, and close the painful past so that you can look forward to a brighter future. Call today for a free case evaluation.
How We Help You
We encourage you to connect with a North Carolina clergy abuse lawyer for assistance and guidance if you or someone you know suffered sexual, physical, or emotional abuse at the hands of someone in the clergy. Clergy abuse cases can be difficult to handle. We are required to discreetly investigate the history of the accused, gather details and evidence about what happened, and put together a compelling and credible case against the defendants identified in your claim.
It is important to note that if you want to press criminal charges against anyone, the burden of proof is much more stringent than if you simply want to file a civil awards claim. For the former, you must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty of some form of abuse. For the latter, even if you cannot prove criminal acts of any kind, you can still seek awards to cover you for lost income, pain and suffering, treatment and medical costs, and more as long as your evidence is credible.
If you suffered abuse, you are not alone, and you did nothing wrong. Even if you suffered abuse years or decades ago, changes in the law may allow you to seek a financial award at any time you are ready to file a claim. We are here to help you do that and we will support you from the moment you call us until your case is decided. We work to ensure that all of our clients have the opportunity to seek justice and financial awards legally entitled to them for the injuries and pain they suffered at the hands of an abuser.
- Provide sound, honest legal advice.
- Provide a free case evaluation.
- Not charge for any services unless we win your claim.
- Lay out your options for you.
- Let you choose how you want to proceed with your case.
- Negotiate with guilty parties on your behalf.
- Handle your case with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.
- Seek the maximum awards that the law allows you to seek.
- Connect you with care and support groups to help you rehabilitate.
Our team of compassionate lawyers can help and guide you through this traumatic time. Your long-term rehabilitation, recovery, and financial security is our number one goal.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 219-9622
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It can be very difficult to come forward with a claim of abuse against anyone, especially a member of the clergy who very likely has supporters in the community. It is not uncommon for predators of this sort to resort to underhanded tactics of intimidation, blackmailing, threats, and acts of violence to prevent those whom they abused in the past from coming forward. It is a matter of survival for them and many abusers are involved in abuse for so long that they know no other way of life.
This has to change, and positive change can start with you. Whenever you are ready and whenever you have the strength, confidence, and peace of mind to come forward, a North Carolina clergy abuse lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will be here to help. We will help you take an initial claim of abuse all the way to its eventual resolution, so please contact us today at (800) 219-9622 for a free and private consultation about what steps to take next.