Abuse in the Church or Religious Organisations
A large number of abuse claims are brought against religious organisations, following abuse in the church. Priests, vicars and other religious leaders are often looked up to and respected by their parishioners. They are in positions of trust and power and this often allows them access to vulnerable children and adults.
Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in particular has received a lot of media and public attention since the late 1980s. There have been many investigations and convictions of Catholic Priests for sexual abuse and also allegations and investigations in relation to alleged cover-ups of such abuse by other prominent figures within the organisation.
At Jordans we have dealt with a wide range of Church/Clergy abuse cases including claims against the Catholic Church, the Church of England and other religious organisations.
Usually, the cases will relate to abuse that happened many years ago, when the complainant was a child or teenager. It is not uncommon however for an individual in such position of religious power/authority to abuse or assault an adult member of their church/congregation.
It is usually better to bring the claim against the religious organisation rather than the individual abuser. The organisation structure of religious bodies can be complicated so it is important that your Solicitor is experienced in this area of compensation claims. At Jordans, our specialist team have many years experience of successfully bringing such claims and obtaining compensation for individuals who have suffered abuse by members of the Clergy or Religious Institutions. We have included below some examples of such cases.
What can we do
The effects of abuse on a child can have far reaching implications, having an extreme impact on their development as adults and their day to day functioning.
Our Child Abuse solicitors are here to provide support and guidance at a very difficult time. If you or someone you know has suffered abuse in any of the situations outlined above please contact the Abuse Team on our dedicated freephone number 0800 9555 094and one of our specialist Child Abuse Lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence.
Whilst we cannot change what has happened in the past, we will endeavour to recover compensation to allow you to seek the required support to rebuild your life.